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Quotations

This is a stub. I will add quotes to this as I come across them. . Gray Connolly . (a) using law & the state’s coercive power to promote virtue & punish vice is conservatism. (b) using law & the state to make virtue & vice indistinguishable is liberalism. (c) allowing ‘the market’ to decide […]

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Translating Plato’s Republic, 370a: Bloom versus the NIV BIble

We found a small contradiction between the first and second editions of Allen Bloom’s translation of The Republic the other day. The episode shows how it can be useful to have different people in a class using different editions or different translations. I have my old 1976-college-freshman first edition, but I ordered newer copies for […]

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Poems

. Our paper was under review, But reports were 6 months past due. At last they’ve got here— We started to cheer, Until we read referee two. Arthur Lewbel . How do you spell mnemonic? It’s practically demonic. You put an M before the N; And then it’s just phenomic! Eric Rasmusen . “I will […]

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Best Things of 2020

I write these up for my Christmas cards, but I will start my draft list now. 1. Knife on a keychain. My serrated beercanopener one, but I might find a good razorblade on like CLinton Mahoney or someone has. 2. The Story of Yanxi Palace. 4. Robert Klitgaard, Tropical Gangsters 5. Pokeweed. 6. Ultimate Ears […]

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Bayes’s Rule with Frequency Boxes

I am learning Python and CGI. I wrote up the frequency box explanation I use, inspired by Gerg Gigerenzer, so you can put in a hypothetical disease test and see Prob (diseased|test says you are) visually. I need to fix my github post. I am a novice at this. Comments welcomed. See http://www.rasmusen.org/cgi-bin/bayesbox.htm I was […]

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Salvation outside the Church: Pope Francis, Pastor MacArthur, President Trump, and the nice old lady down the street

“Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus” . Outside the Church there’s no salvation. This is a Roman Catholic doctrine, and perhaps a Protestant one too, but understood very differently. One version is that if you do not formally part of the Church Visible, you are damned. Another version is that if you are not part of the […]

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Good, honest, rebukes to corrupt officials

This is a remarkable letter. I should add Sidney Powell’s mandamus petition re Judge Flynn. I wonder how a Democrat with any integrity would respond to these two examples, so clearly stated. He could repudiate Senator Warner and Judge Flynn, to be sure, but does any Democrat ever criticize his own people, by name, except […]

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Giving advice; its rewards and penalties

Yet another stub. I need to write on the paradox that it’s easier to tell a good writer how to improve his writing than a bad writer, and he is also more likely to accept your advice. With business managers, it’s harder to give advice to a good manager than a bad one, but he, […]

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Design, especially of hardware and software

This is a stub. I need to put my thoughts on this in one place. Bad design is a scourge, whipping us daily. Engineers need to be taught common sense, and mocked mercilessly and by name, if possible, when they inflict pain on us.

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Wikipedia as a vocation

This is a stub. I should use it to encourage smart people to do Wikipedia edits. My email to Gigerenzer and emails to friends contain good material. I have written down strength and weaknesses of mine below, because they are relevant to this. What I will be writing about is that people with skills like […]