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The Crash Of 1854 In 5 (Relatively) Simple Graphs

In late 1854, an economic panic of cataclysmic proportions struck the Midwest. The early 1850s had seen rapid change in monetary regimes in the region, as more states adapted to stagnant growth in the money supply by throwing the doors … Continue reading

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Telling by not telling

The NYT: Just after noon, a 26-year-old man plunged from a ninth-floor window of an apartment house on West 45th Street near Ninth Avenue, according to the police…. The police declined to say precisely how the man fell, but said that … Continue reading

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Heuristics and Bias – George’s Response

Human’s are predisposed in many ways to be terrible objective observers.  It’s even difficult for us to be aware of what we truly perceive or experience.  Even our own emotions and desires are subject to all sorts of confusion.  For … Continue reading

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More Fun with Ngrams

The hysteria two-step: The 70s was a good time to be a Marxist, apparently: Fun is making a comeback: JFK is winning the long game:

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Testing George Carlin

I’m a little late to the new toy on the block, but I’ve been playing around with Google’s new Ngrams tool, which tracks the frequency of a word over time by searching 4% of books published since 1500. A friend … Continue reading

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