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Embracing the Gambler's Fallacy...
gets you a job commenting for ESPN : ESPN: "Who or what will be the X-factor in this series?" Brian Windhorst: "Korver. If he gets going, he can terrorize a defense. The fact that he hasn't been making shots is even more worrisome for the Cavs." So the idea...
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Gene Says Relax!
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Spaniard Marc Gasol Has Learned AAVE
As well he should have, since AAVE is a perfectly grammatical dialect, and only "inferior" to other dialects in the judgment of those who think its speakers are themselves inferior. Here is Gasol's usage of it: "'It won't be no drama; it won't be nothing cr...
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Programming as Soulcraft
"If I am learning, for instance, Russian, I am confronted by an authoritative structure which commands my respect. … My work is a progressive revelation of something which exists independently of me. Attention is rewarded by a knowledge of reality. Love of ...
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How can Microsoft Word possibly be as awful as it is?
This program has been in development for roughly 30 years. Nevertheless, the simplest tasks are often impossible for ordinary mortals to achieve. I am finishing a review with a blockquote style defined. I have a block quote with an extra line above and belo...
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Shackle on Simon
"In schemes on thought of the Simon type the 'decision-maker' is faced with a choice among existents in a system which is already complete and closed in the sense that its structure, the set of relations composing it, cannot be added to by the decision-make...
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What Would You Pay to Make Your Essays This Illogical?
There is a fair amount of nonsense in this Alex Renton essay , but this is the worst bit: "But his findings appeared to say elemental things about the human condition – not least that people are more motivated by fear of financial loss than by the possibili...
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History in Context
The great Gordon Wood on the great Bernard Bailyn .
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And this is a professional writer... Sigh...
About the Rockets-Clippers game 6, Calvin Watkins writes : "This was the hardest decision of them all. Harden was 1-for-7 from the floor in the third quarter, and was taken out for Trevor Ariza with 1:33 remaining. At that point, the Rockets were down by as...
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Let no one ignorant of geometry enter here
Legend has it that the above words were written over the entrance to Plato's Academy . Whether that is true or not, the legend reflects the fact that Plato valued mathematical training for philosophers. But why? The usual suggestion is that he thought it "t...
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Aristotle was a good physicist
Says physicist Carlo Rovelli : "I show that Aristotelian physics is a correct and nonintuitive
approximation of Newtonian physics in the suitable domain (motion in
fluids) in the same technical sense in which Newton's theory is an
approximation of Einste...
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Been Away at a Conference...
on spontaneous orders . In the meantime, I see many of you have spontaneously ordered me to respond to your comments. :-) I will be getting to them ASAP.
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