Monthly Archives: January 2010

Economics

In a post about Ten Principles of Economics, Harvard Professor Greg Mankiw writes a little acrostic device about economics. In addition to things like “Everything has a cost. There is no free lunch. There is always a trade-off.” for the … Continue reading

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Faith and Science

I was listening to a very nice talk by Ken Miller, from Brown University. He’s the Biology professor who testified in the Dover Evolution Trial. The reason that he is involved in cases involving the attack on evolution from the … Continue reading

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A couple of interesting videos

With the advent of computer technology, it can be challenging to distinguish fact from fiction.  Both of the videos below are, in my opinion, strikingly real but are both fake (and funny!). Critical thinking skills are a must!

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Creativity, Science, and the Brain

In my post about Bruce Hood’s interview I said there wasn’t anything I disagreed with. After re-listening to it, I find my position is a bit more nuanced. I’d still like to look more closely at the experiments he cites … Continue reading

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Believing the unbelieveable

Have a listen to this excellent interview of neuroscientist Bruce Hood. I can’t think of a single thing I disagreed with this guy on. I may have more specific to say later, and perhaps I will buy his book.

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A teachable moment…lost

So I just watched the Mythbusters episode where they recreate the bus jump from the movie Speed. They do two things: a miniature version and full-scale recreation. In their miniature version they scale down the bus by a factor of … Continue reading

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There once was a girl named Florida (a.k.a Evil problems in probability)

In a previous post I described the Monty Hall problem, and noted that a simulation can often lead to clarity of thinking on tough probability problems. I take another example here, in two steps, and throw analysis and simulation at … Continue reading

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