“Families are civilization factories.” — the anti-Liberal fascist
Just as I love democracy, so do I love Chiles in Nogada. But I do not ask that Chiles in Nogada can solve most of the world’s problems or for that matter get me to work in the morning.
It’s up in the air because McCain’s appeal to independents cancels the problems with being a Republican in 2008, while Hillary’s negatives cancel out the advantages of being the Democrat in 2008.
Well, enduring through November at least…
I would sacrifice 5 people (myself, my sister, and my cousins) today to save/ensure my grandfather was able to conceive our parents.
— Mason on a post on discount rates at Overcoming Bias.
I hate politics. Its the only sport in which you have to pick your favorite team by comparing the coaches.
— Kevin Ambrosini after inadvertently switching on the Republican debates while flipping through the channels
UPDATE: Corrected by the source.
Actually, check out all of the essays at that site. Edge asked about a billion of the world’s smartest people what issue they changed their minds about. Here’s an essay by Freeman Dyson on Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Here’s Helen Fisher telling us about human serial monogamy and here’s one talking about the fact there’s more to science than hypothesis testing by Irene Pepprberg.
Someone should do behavioral economics studies on groups of autistic individual. Would surely validate the mid-20th century microeconomic consensus.
We enjoy good food, music, the company of family, gossip, socialization and the broader succor of our community. These are not social constructions, they are are the core of our humanity, and any belief system or model of human action which neglects these natural impulses will lead us astray.
— Razib at gnxp
From McElreath and Boyd (2007), two evolutionary
biologists somethings ((They’re both in Antropology departments)):
This result ((The result he’s talking about is the fact that even with very low amounts of migration (just one individual per generation), there won’t be significant genetic variation between groups.)) is what economists call a “stylized fact,” a conclusion that glosses over many complications, is held by no one to be an actual description of the world, but nevertheless tells us something valuable.
(Extremely depressing edition)
One of the most disturbing, I think perhaps the most disturbing fact in our whole book is that black students coming from families earning over 70,000 are doing worse on their SATS, on average–it’s always on average–than white students from families in the lowest income group. You want to cry hearing that figure. I mean, it’s so terrible.
— Abigail Thernstrom as quoted in this depressing article on race and IQ at gnxp.