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Forum: Diavlog comments 11-24-2011, 01:33 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 21,047
Posted By timboy
Re: Values Added: The Whirligig of Time (Glenn Loury & Walter Russell Mead)

I was interested by Mead's comment about how a general post-graduate exam could have meritocratic force - replacing the brand imprint of Ivy League schools with pure exam performance.

Since I...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-07-2011, 09:53 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,540
Posted By timboy
Re: The Big Interview (Karl Smith & Kelly Evans)

Karl --- Sure, I agree that in an infinite-horizon formulation you can always find a discount rate that justifies any amount of present human suffering. This will be especially true if your discount...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-14-2011, 02:20 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By timboy
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

My favorite BloggingHeads duos:

McWhorter and Loury
Horgan and Johnson
Corn and Pinkerton
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-11-2011, 05:42 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,660
Posted By timboy
Re: Science Saturday: Phase Changes (John Horgan & George Johnson)

You absolutely *could* attempt to estimate the probability of these future events (9/11 repeat, nuclear terrorism). All I am saying is that when John Horgan cites the comparative probability of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-10-2011, 05:52 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,660
Posted By timboy
Re: Science Saturday: Phase Changes (John Horgan & George Johnson)

Comparisons of the probability of dying from a terrorist act vs. cancer or an auto accident are intrinsically frequentist and retrospective, based on past events.

What they doesn't capture is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-08-2011, 03:24 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,491
Posted By timboy
Re: Science Saturday: Black Martian Linguists (John McWhorter & Joshua Knobe)

From his previous book I take it that McWhorter would argue that while the Norman invasion introduced a lot of new words into English, it didn't change the grammar much - and he believes that the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-06-2011, 10:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,878
Posted By timboy
Re: Fighting for Darfur (Mark Leon Goldberg & Rebecca Hamilton)

I'm not usually sensitive to this kind of thing, but Mark's verbal tic of "y'know" is so pervasive that it really got on my nerves.
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-27-2011, 12:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,076
Posted By timboy
Where is our Science Saturday?

Need some Science at least once a week.
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-13-2011, 05:50 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,549
Posted By timboy
Re: Science Saturday: Caseic Edition (Maggie Koerth Baker & Christina Agapakis)

Following up on the thread about Christina Agapakis's "teenage" modes of speech: Count me as one of those who think there's absolutely nothing wrong with how Christina is speaking.

Christina does...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-30-2010, 06:19 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 21,700
Posted By timboy
Re: All About Shariah (Robert Wright & Brannon Wheeler)

In some sense I admire Wheeler's refusal to be driven to oversimplify and make generalizations about Islam and sharia.

But that also brought home to me how hard it is to say anything interesting...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-27-2010, 10:10 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 13,374
Posted By timboy
Re: Values Added: Moral Responsibility in Sexuality (Frances Kissling & William Saletan)

Diavlogs like this are why I am a BH fan. I liked that Saletan was OK with mostly listening, but summarized Kissling's views back to her with great fidelity and nuance, and asked really smart,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-22-2010, 10:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,228
Posted By timboy
Ramscar is a tedious monovloggist

I'm very interested in the question of how humans learn the skill of having two-way conversations with other human beings, and how some people never do learn it.
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-19-2010, 01:06 AM
Replies: 348
Views: 56,378
Posted By timboy
Re: Communitas: Continuing the Race Conversation (Glenn Loury & Amy Wax)

I find myself generally more in sympathy with Loury than Wax here.

I think that to want to ascribe criminality to cultural aspects of an ethnic group, you need to have one or more of the...
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