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Why Democracies Need Citizens Who Speak A Common Language

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Otherwise crap like this happens.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 2:48 PM

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The Moral Limits of Markets

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Fascinating forum at the Boston Review on Michael Sandel's new book What Money Can't Buy on the corrupting and inegalitarian effects of pervasive market-based thinking. I've been considering the intrinsic and empirical effects of market-based reform on education, although I haven't developed any firm ideas as of yet. Very much worth a read to anyone interested in the subject.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 9:11 AM

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I'll Settle This Question Right Now

Friday, May 11, 2012
Via Andrew Sullivan, I read a piece evaluating the evidence on whether talking birds knew what they were saying. Well, let me clear this matter up right now. My parrot is just a Quaker parrot mind you, not one of the really smart kinds like the African Grey. Now he's heard us say "num-nums" to the cats when feeding them canned food twice a day for the last two years. Recently he began saying "num nums?" "num nums?" every time he sees us with a kind of food he likes, or whenever I approach his cage with water or food - even though I've never used the phrase to him.

So yeah, in some cases at least, birds know EXACTLY what they're saying.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 9:18 AM

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It's Nice To See Someone With Intellectual Integrity For A Change

Friday, May 04, 2012
Thus I find myself becoming more Paleokeynesian by the hour, as the world keeps hitting me On the head with a brick, pausing after each blow to say: "Now do you understand?!"

Brad DeLong, admitting that his assumption that the macroeconomy tends to self-correct was mistaken.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 10:38 AM

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No Surprises Here

Tuesday, May 01, 2012
So evidently non-religious people generally know more theology than religious people. Now this is definitely a gross generalization! I know several very well-informed religious types (although most of them are converts; hmm....). In any case, it's not much of a shock. Atheists and agnostics tend to have gone through an intellectual process to arrive at their destination. It's not a very common default. And I have to say, for much of my life I've been shocked at the very skewed information that evangelical christians get about their own sacred texts. You'd think literalists who believe that the Bible is the inspired word of god would take the time to actually read the bloody thing....
Posted by Arbitrista @ 8:06 PM

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