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“The coinflipper’s dilemma”

That is the title of this little paper by economist Steve Landsburg. In his blog post with the same title, Professor Landsburg introduces the coin-flipper’s dilemma with this story: When I was in high school, my English teacher must have had … Continue reading

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Faking it

We can’t help but cheer for Pepe (although his little headbutt looks fake too!) … Also, you will find a plausible theory explaining why players have an incentive to fake injuries in Michael Gard’s excellent essay Faking it: why football players feign injury. … Continue reading

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Open-source patents?

Elon Musk — co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors — has this to say about Tesla’s proprietary patents: When I started out with my first company, Zip2, I thought patents were a good thing and worked hard to obtain them. And maybe they were good … Continue reading

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Will Baghdad fall next?

Solve for equilibrium …

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What’s the probability that Russia will annex additional Ukrainian territory?

We think it is high, very high. After all, Russia has already annexed the whole of the Crimean peninsula without a real fight. Why won’t she annex other pro-Russian regions too, especially the eastern oblasts of Ukraine? Like Adolf Hitler after the 1938 … Continue reading

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Why isn’t the Crimean peninsula worth defending?

She is certainly worth stealing and taking by force, which is what the Russian Federation appears to be doing as we write up this pithy blog post … If you were an advisor to Oleksandr Turchynov, the new (and unelected) prime minister … Continue reading

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Bill Gates (White) vs. Magnus Carlsen (Black)

Below is a play by play of their chess match of 24 January 2014 in algebraic notation: 1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Bd3 Nf6 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. Nc3 Qh5 6. 0-0 Bg4 7. h3 Ne5 8. hxg4 … Continue reading

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