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Human behavior in a post-rational world

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almost 5 years ago

I had a neighbor years ago, a nice woman in a happy second marriage with two adult kids and two elderly parents. Devoted to Martha Stewart's algorithms for a gracious life. The last time I spoke to her she was painting her front door yet again because she wasn't satisfied with the color from two ...

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Why (I Think) Conservatism is Unnatural

almost 5 years ago

America's health-care debate is like a grown-up version of the silly '90's-era ``culture wars'': Today's fights are exposing profound and serious differences between ``progressive'' and ``conservative'' worldviews. There is some research to suggest that these differences are rooted in ...

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Shandaloon Versus Scarsdale

almost 5 years ago

The fuel that drives science forward is a combustible mixture of two contrary principles. The first is that the universe follows rules. The second is that the universe is full of surprises. If you accept only one of those two, you can't have science.  Universally true explanations that can't be ...

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The Myth of Prevention

almost 5 years ago

In the raging debate over healthcare here in the U.S., there is one point on which everybody, from Newt Gingrich to Barack Obama, seems to agree: We should be spending more to prevent expensive diseases from striking in the first place, and thereby save society a great deal of money in the long ...