Memory Lane (July Edition)

For us, July is a month full of memorable milestones and quirky anniversaries. One year ago this month, for example, Rowman & Littlefield published The Economics of the Undead. (Our contribution to this book–a little essay titled “Buy or Bite?” appears in Chapter 12–also led to this fun feature on Freakonomics Radio.) Two years ago this month, we started this scholarly blog. Although our tagline is “Hey, where did you get your priors?“–a strange question that lots of people refuse to answer or even acknowledge–this blog is really dedicated to the proposition that our subjective beliefs don’t matter as much as our ability and willingness to update our priors in light of new evidence. Three years ago this month, we wrote up a formal paper applying Bayesian methods to law in the friendly and timeless city of Amsterdam, our second-favorite city in the world (La Habana, Cuba is still our favorite)–a paper that would eventually lead to the publication of our first peer-reviewed article in the European Journal of Legal Studies–, and five years ago this month, we visited Southeast Asia for the first time: a memorable month-long excursion by rail through the city-state of Singapore, the polyglot metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, the island of Penang, the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, and the temples of Angkor Wat. We definitely wish to return one day. We could go on and on … but, most importantly, fifteen years ago this month, our eldest daughter Adela Luisa was born in San Juan, P.R. Happy Birthday, Adela … We love you!

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