Monthly Archives: December 2012

Holiday Hiatus

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year all! I’ll be back blogging in the New Year!

Science vs. Scientists

From Nassim Taleb in Fooled By Randomness: People confuse science and scientists. Science is great, but individual scientists are dangerous. They are human; they are marred by the biases humans have. Perhaps even more. For most scientists are hard-headed, otherwise they would not derive the patience and energy to perform the Herculean tasks asked of them, […]

When should society adopt change?

I am certainly not an advocate for for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in […]

Sunday Sound (Bonus): Jingle All The Way

2008 – Victor Wooten: The Christmas Song

Sunday Sound: Still Life (Talking)

1987 – Pat Metheny Group: Minuano (Six Eight)

For my Introduction to Economics Students

Headline in Washington Post: 3 arrested in massive Canadian maple syrup heist, which hurt world supply

Falsifiability

I’ve posted previously on the notion of falsifiability in science, as it related to a discussion of the existence of a supreme being. More generally, though, the concept of whether a statement can be falsified is central to making a distinction between science, and, well, not science (sometimes this is called pseudoscience). Nassim Taleb discusses this […]