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Hey, what are the FBI and the Orlando police trying to hide from the public in connection with the massacre at Pulse nightclub last month? The police’s slow response to the Pulse shootings (it took the police over three hours … Continue reading
Happy Canada Day! Check out this election forecast from our friends at FiveThirtyEight. Is Nate Silver underestimating Trump’s chances again? Or does Clinton really have this locked up?
Is European Union starting to fall apart? It looks like parochial voters in England and Wales just outvoted their fellow U.K. citizens in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Gibraltar to leave the EU. What if the Brexit vote had been held … Continue reading
As a public service, let’s translate these betting odds into plain English. If a bettor wagers £10 that a majority of voters in Britain will vote to leave the European Union (“leave”), odds of 6/1 implies that the bettor stands to make … Continue reading
Trump "will no longer comment" on TrumpU case… over/under on how long that lasts= 24 hours? https://t.co/tbpgOVIQpB — Colin Camerer (@CFCamerer) June 7, 2016
In addition to the video below of Muhammad Ali’s greatest moments in the ring, we want to share this loving memory of Ali by our friend and colleague, the poet/writer Luanne Castle. Here is an excerpt: When I was a little … Continue reading
Two of our favorite public intellectuals on the Internet (is that an oxymoron?) are Nate Silver (fivethirtyeight) and Tyler Cowen (marginalrevolution). We admire Professor Cowen because he is one of the few economists interested in human nature and culture. He … Continue reading
In the fictional world of Star Wars, the Jedi are the good guys; the Sith, the bad guys. The evil Sith use the dark side of the Force to destroy the Jedi Order and to rule the galaxy for themselves. … Continue reading
File this post under “confirmation bias” or “reverse halo effect.” Nate Silver is the world-famous “data scientist” whose claim to fame is his ability to predict elections by aggregating polling data. Last summer (July 20, 2015), Silver explained why Donald … Continue reading
Earlier this year, we wrote up an in-depth series of blog posts discussing the moral bases of “the presidential pledge,” i.e. the solemn pledge all the Republican presidential candidates made to support the eventual nominee of their party. (Here is … Continue reading