What I’ve been reading Which country has the world’s best healthcare system? An argument that you should buy things, not experiences. Chris Blattman has restarted blogging. See for example his best non-fiction of the year, parts one and two. The story of scurvy; or, why reality is very weird. Things you are doing butContinue reading “Links for January”
I’ve seen a lot of confusion over what precisely the term ‘observable universe’ refers to. This post is an attempt to remedy that. In 1929, Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe is expanding. He observed that light emitted from distant celestial objects was redder than expected, due to the downward shift in frequency as theirContinue reading “Disambiguating the ‘Observable Universe’”
Links are late this month, due to my Christmas-induced slowdown in media consumption. What I’ve been reading Zvi Mowshowitz’s current model of omicron. It’s hard to believe this came out only a week ago. Why does yoga feel good? Some hypotheses. Cheating as a last resort. And more from the same blog: experiments in choosingContinue reading “Links for December”
People sometimes suggest replacing the admissions systems of highly selective universities with lotteries (their names often rhyme with Palcolm Sadwell). The proposal is that universities would mark a pool of students as ‘good enough’ and then students from that pool would be accepted at random. Here are some arguments for and against this idea, inspiredContinue reading “For and Against Lotteries in Elite University Admissions”
What I’ve been reading Much more than you wanted to know about ivermectin. Has broader applications, a general response to the question of “How can the initial evidence for a drug look so strong when it (probably) does nothing?”. Why VAT is better than sales tax. Examining the culture of 1999 through its greatest films,Continue reading “Links for November”
Alternate title: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Ireland. I recently visited America for the first time. I went to Washington DC for two days, then Arlington for three, then New York for five. I travelled on the day the US border opened, for which every airport I travelled through wasContinue reading “My First Trip to America: A Photo Essay”
David Henderson over at EconLog has written three response posts to my review of Open Borders. Two of these were since I made my comment response post, hence why I’m putting this in a separate post. In his first post, Henderson criticizes my argument from animal suffering, about which, to remind you, I said this:Continue reading “Henderson on Me on Caplan”
“Very Bad Wizards is a podcast with the philosopher, my dad, and psychologist, Dave Pizarro, having an informal discussion about issues in science and ethics. Please note that the discussion contains bad words that I’m not allowed to say and, knowing my dad, some very inappropriate jokes.” -Eliza Sommers This is the disclaimer at theContinue reading “The Very Best of Very Bad Wizards”
I posted a (significantly improved) version of my review of Bryan Caplan’s book Open Borders on LessWrong and the EA Forum. It was also linked to and discussed on Marginal Revolution. I got enough thoughtful responses that I thought it was worth making a comment response post. From my email From Fergus McCullough, in myContinue reading “Response to the Comments on Open Borders”
What I’ve been reading Wang Huning: the world’s most influential public intellectual? Human costs aside, is bombing actually good? More generally, when is it better to destroy something and start over? Some of you may have read about the recent case in which a famous psychologist was found to be faking data in a veryContinue reading “Links for October”
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