In this wide ranging post Richard Fernandez one of the deeper thinking Bloggers out there looks at the relationship between freedom, truth intelligence and information. He posits that absent freedom, there can be no discovery, and hence no intelligence. But to really learn you have to be prepared to listen to what you don’t want … Continue reading Freedom, Truth, Intelligence & Information
Consider that whenever we have a massive failure in a business industry like the .com era, real estate or banking we usually wind up with more regulation and more rules. Rules are expensive to comply with. Most compliance efforts are "letter of the law" not the spirit. Before, during and after the rule process there … Continue reading Rules, Principles & Virtue
That sociology is to science what quackery is to medicine should come as no surprise. Here is one data point in what has become all too common from both sides of the political spectrum (although I will say it appears more from the left simply because they dominate academia and especially the social sciences.) I … Continue reading Sociology Linked to Delusion and Fraud
The HarsH RealiTy blog had a post titled Abortion is Murder. His primary point was as an adopted child he could never be in favor of abortion since it takes human life. In the comments section, a poster named "whatthemuffin" responded to his post. She tells a compelling story of being raped and pregnant … Continue reading Responding to whatthemuffin
I love ongoing debates which may never be resolved, such as Team Evolution versus the Intelligent Design crew. I am hesitant to even post this since it tends to provoke apoplexy in people. This quote from Jerry Coyne is quite clever which I got from this article. When, after a Christmas visit, we watch grandma … Continue reading Extrapolation
I have read a number of papers by Cass Sunstein, mostly disagreed with his ideas but he had a good paper against the precautionary principle and his work on the availability cascade should serve as warning to some of his own ideas. In this article the great economist and thinker Thomas Sowell takes on Mr. … Continue reading Centralization and Catastrophe
Over at Opinionated Man he has a brief comment about those telling you you are going to hell and their own certainty. I commented and he politely replied. I know exactly what he is talking about. I once ran into a 19 year old "street preacher" on a university campus, shouting "you fornicators, you generation of … Continue reading You’re Going to Hell?