Monthly Archives: January 2011

How inbuilt is morality? (hint: we don’t really know)

An interesting paper I heard about on Bloggingheads argues that babies as young as 6 months can discern social interactions, and make judgment calls in favor of puppets that help, as opposed to those that harm. In the Bloggingheads interview, … Continue reading

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The Wire on Mcnuggets, Compensation Schemes and Consumer Surplus

I’ve recently started watching The Wire again, and it’s even better than I remember it. One of it’s amazing qualities is the ability of its characters to transcend their stereotypes and even situations to discuss relevant topics in interesting ways. … Continue reading

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Google Search Prediction of the Day

For the record, I believe the historical consensus is that Jefferson first wrote the Constitution by himself, only afterward using it to roll a j.

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The State of the Union is Strong… and pretty nervous about China

In last night’s State of the Union address, the President seemed more nationalistic and zero-sum than usual: The rules have changed. In a single generation, revolutions in technology have transformed the way we live, work and do business. Steel mills … Continue reading

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Captured in Passing – West Branch Lake

My photo, taken during the snowstorm earlier this month.

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Themes on a Sonata

A very well done parody of a Beethoven Piano Sonata, using the famous whistling tune from “Bridge Over the River Kwai” as a thematic subject: The variations on the theme are really wonderful, and are filled with references to Beethoven’s … Continue reading

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Gains from trade apply with China, also

An Amy Chua article on “Chinese parenting” has been getting a lot of backlash for, among other things, suggesting this is a good way to teach piano: Back at the piano, Lulu made me pay. She punched, thrashed and kicked. … Continue reading

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