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Science as Religion

I spoke with a friend this weekend who expressed that Richard Dawkins gives him the impression of advancing science as a religion. My knee-jerk reaction was that I have read and heard enough Dawkins to know that he tries very hard to

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The Liar Class

I have always been an honest person. My commitment to honesty was further bolstered a year or so ago when I read Lying (on audiobook). I now can say that I will only lie (deliberately deceive someone when they reasonably expect

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Parsimony

I had a brief but profound thought today about Occam’s Razor: its application can be deferred. Normally, the razor is applied to find the best hypothesis to agree upon before engaging in conversation about it. Unfortunately, some disagreements are not readily resolved until

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Patents

I read a lovely paper on patents today, by Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine. The following excerpt specifically engaged me: We do believe, along with many of our colleagues, that a patent system designed by impartial and disinterested economists and administered by

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My Three Questions

My friend Josh made my day yesterday by quoting me in a forum discussion about science and religion. I have constructed a series of three questions to use in such debates (well, not so much “debates” as friendly conversations; they can be

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Shape Inheritance

I’m really impressed with how deep an interview can go over the seemingly innocuous example of shapes inheriting from one another. First, it’s easy to start it off in a way that weeds out incompetent people without wasting competent people’s

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