Monthly Archives: July 2013

Tuesday Talk: Making Science Accessible

Or, as Melissa Marshall puts it: Talk Nerdy To Us! A couple of simple tips for those who want to communicate scientific concepts to a general audience, such as dropping unnecessary jargon and highlighting the everyday relevance of your work.

Sunday Sound: We’ll Do It Live

2010 – The Infamous Stringdusters: Well, Well

The Art of Choosing

HT: Barry Ritholtz. Great discussion (a little on the long side, but very informative) on the complexities of choosing. “It is a mistake to think that everyone thrives under the pressure of choosing alone.” – Sheena Iyengar

Free markets can adjust

From Charles Wheelan’s engaging Naked Economics: Periodically the oil minsters from the OPEC nations will meet in an exotic locale and agree to limit the global production of oil. Several things happen shortly thereafter: (1) Oil and gas prices start to go up; and (2) politicians begin falling all over themselves with ideas, mostly bad, for […]

Does the government have to be wasteful?

Not necessarily. Behavioral scientist and co-author of Nudge Cass Sunstein was the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2009 – 2012, and has a new book Simpler: The Future of Government (which is at the top of my Amazon wish list). Mark from Economics and Psychology Research describes the impacts of Sunstein’s […]

Tuesday Talk: Does Math Exist?

From the PBS Idea Channel (HT: Barry Ritholtz): do mathematical facts exist objectively in the universe waiting to be discovered? Or are these facts merely a construct of our own minds, a language we use to describe the world around us? In other words, does math exist on its own? Or do we make it?