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Debugging Web apps
It has been a while since I've done any web application development, but this week I have begun trying to master Django. I have hit an interesting situation along the way: I wrote a query that I think ought to return some records, but does not. In order to ...
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I am a fan of actual evolutionary *thinking*
Just to be clear, when I write a post like this one , I am in no way disparaging actual attempts to think about the impact our biological history has had on our present-day state. For instance, Thostein Veblen speculated that perhaps we find the grounds of ...
Just to be clear, when I write a post like this one, I am in no way disparaging actual attempts to think about the impact our biological history has had on our present-day state. For instance, Thostein Veblen speculated that ...
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My home page
After years of not having one, I have once again created a personal web site . Please have a look, and let me know what you think.
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The three-legged debugging stool
There are three tools I have frequently used to help me debug programs: logging, symbolic debugging, and print statements. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. The advantage of logging is that it is always there. When something goes wrong in your prog...
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Arthur Melzer, Historicist?
Melzer, like his forebear Leo Strauss, certainly does not like "historicism." The trouble with with both men's complaints about the topic is that they appear to heave in a bin a gallimaufry of thinkers ranging from people who simply take history and culture...
Melzer, like his forebear Leo Strauss, certainly does not like "historicism." The trouble with with both men's complaints about the topic is that they appear to heave in a bin a gallimaufry of thinkers ranging from people who...
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Progress versus reality
"For if the world is originally well ordered, then God is needed to explain that order. And if it is incurably disordered, then God is needed to save us from that disorder. Only if life is originally bad but fixable through human effort is it the case that ...
"For if the world is originally well ordered, then God is needed to explain that order. And if it is incurably disordered, then God is needed to save us from that disorder. Only if life is originally bad but fixable through h...
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Stuck in the "Sauces"
I happened to have been reading an essay mentioning Forrest McDonald's insistence that his students keep looking to primary sources in their work, and a young person's PhD thesis, at the same tim and so I was struck by something extraordinary in the latter....
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Our poor monkey brains
Once again, someone at Language Log pulls out the above phrase to explain some logic problem that people have a hard time solving. I draw your attention to it because it is an important phenomena, a sign that one is in the presence of the ideology of evolut...
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How "White Privilege" Helps Explain the Polls
How is it possible that Donald Trump has surged to his largest lead yet in national GOP polls , just a week before real voting starts? His campaign was supposed to be a joke, and his early decent poll numbers an aberration that would disappear once voters "...
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Judging Butterfield
In The Invention of Science , David Wootton takes a whack at strawman Herbert Butterfield, as follows: "In 1931 he had published  The Whig Interpretation of History...  Butterfield argued... it was not the historian's job to praise those people in the past ...
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A conversation about race
I've tried to have one with progressives: they were just kidding. And Scott Sumner points that out .
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Aaron Rodgers embraces the gambler's fallacy
Here . And Mike McCarthy coached to avoid losing as long as possible , not to win.
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