Monthly Archives: August 2017

Osita Nwanevu Almost Gets It

I’ve been thinking about David Brooks’s sandwich gaffe. A few weeks ago, Brooks wrote a column arguing that subtle cultural codes–what novelists call “manners”–were a bigger drag on social mobility than so-called structural barriers. As an illustration now made notorious … Continue reading

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On the World-Threatening Danger of Supersized Machines

One of the great things about having a blog is that you get to push back against junk science. Scientists like to say that their “research” and “reason” and “empiricism” lend them credibility. But every smart person knows this is … Continue reading

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Making the Perfect the Enemy of Humanity

As I write this, people are debating whether or not it’s okay to have “genital preferences” when it comes to sex. Suppose you’re attracted to women, but you don’t want a girlfriend with a penis. Is that wrong? Does it … Continue reading

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Clickers Anonymous

In a post on free speech, Scott Alexander envisions the following scenario: Alice writes a blog post excoriating Bob’s opinion on tax reforming, calling him a “total idiot” who “should be laughed out of the room”. Bob feels so offended … Continue reading

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