Jag Bhalla's Contributions
  • Plato's Confesses His 10 Biggest Errors

    Plato recently confessed his 10 biggest mistakes on twitter. They came via his current spokesperson Rebecca Goldstein author of the entertaining and educational Plato at the Googleplex.  Here they are in...

  • Plato's Math Errors Mislead Us Still

    Plato recently tweeted his 10 biggest mistakes (channeled via Rebecca Goldstein author of Plato at the Googleplex). Two mistakes concern mathematics and an almost irrational faith in its powers: 1. Plato’s...

  • What Independence Needs: A Small Test

    Key logic in America’s founding documents is now neglected. Let’s test your grasp of what workable independence requires: 1. What does “the Declaration” list as the first justification for America’s...

  • All Meaning Is Relational

    All meaning is relational (otherwise it’s potentially useless and unhealthy). That’s true for both senses of meaning, and Nozick’s “Pleasure Machine” shows why workable individualism must be relational. ...

  • You Are By Nature Self-Deficient

    You are by nature self-deficient. Your constitution guarantees it, initially, chronically, and inalienably. Biology defying individualistic ideas now hide these once self-evident truths. 1. Though the opposite...

  • Nothing In Nature Works Quite Like Money

    Nothing in nature works quite like money. Or seems as complex as an economy. I’d welcome counterexamples, but something seems fishy. 1. Here’s the usual big picture: Competitive markets allocate resources...

  • The Two Kinds of Data: Why Facts in Economics Aren't Like Those in Physics

    This is an updated version of a Scientific American post:  In future economics should be seen as more like history than physics. Steven Pinker says, “No sane thinker would try to explain World War I in the...

  • Do Profits Prioritize Well? Mindlessness In Markets

    Our ruling ideas grow evermore ethically evasive. Ignoring evident big picture problems, they have us mindlessly seeking the mathematically and morally absurd. Simple maxims can clarify: Economics, the...

  • Economic Doctoring And Tradeoff Types

    “Should economists be advocates or engineers?” asks Noah Smith. Tradeoffs reveal how reliably they perform as either. Smith worries that his trade’s “engineering” aspects are being sacrificed for “political...

  • What The Most Successful Euphemism In History Is Doing To Us

    History’s most successful(4) euphemism(1) is making original idiots(2) of us. “Idiotic” first meant the opposite(3) of “political,” but they’re almost synonyms(5) now. 1. Here are definitions of the...