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Not Smart

David McRaney: ‘You Are Not So Smart’: Why We Can’t Tell Good Wine From Bad. See here.

Empty Anger

Occupy Wall Street’s Empty Anger by David Mills. They make you miss Marx, these Occupy Wall Streeters. Though even the New York Times first treated them as a slightly comical affair, the major media now give them the same extensive, […]


Penn Jillette’s 10 Commandments for Atheists. 1. The highest ideals are human intelligence, creativity and love. Respect these above all. 2. Do not put things or even ideas above other human beings. (Let’s scream at each other about Kindle versus […]

Straw Men

James Taylor: The Death Of Global Warming Skepticism, Or The Birth Of Straw Men? The mainstream media has been spiking the football in the proverbial end zone ever since a paper released last Friday claimed two-thirds of global temperature stations […]


The Young Christian’s Guide to Sex at Seminary by Timothy Dalrymple. See here.

Secular World

Karl Giberson: Why Christians Need a Secular World. See here.


Bill Niskanen, Trinitarian by Jeremy Lott. Taken as a whole, Reflections of a Political Economist is a fine collection of essays. But if you want to get an idea of the esteem William “Bill” Niskanen was held in at the […]


The Scrolls as a Start, Not an End by Edward Rothstein. Before their discovery, the earliest known texts of the Hebrew Bible were from about 1,000 years after these scrolls were written. In the caves were over 800 scrolls and […]


Ellen Knickmeyer: Libya’s Sexual Revolution. See here.

War is Over

Did We Lose in Iraq? No, and Here’s Why by Michael J. Totten. President Barack Obama has announced that nearly all American soldiers will be home from Iraq by the end of the year. Despite the fact that Iran, as […]

Concern Unfounded

Seven Billion Strong, and Counting by Christopher White. Concern about overpopulation is unfounded; rather than implement population control policies, let’s invest in the human person. More at PD.

Hardest Problem

The Hardest Problem in Science? by David Barash. A nice thing about guest lecturing at another university is that for a change, one is treated as a genuine sage. Fortunately, this doesn’t happen too often, or it might seriously undermine […]


Allan H. Meltzer: Four Reasons Keynesians Keep Getting It Wrong. Those who heaped high praise on Keynesian policies have grown silent as government spending has failed to bring an economic recovery. Except for a few diehards who want still more […]


Three gems (here, here, and here) from the New York Times regarding last night’s World Series game.


If you want to understand why education in America is often so bad, check out this letter to the editor of my local newspaper. Years ago, when I started teaching, there was a book published called “Why Johnny Can’t Read” […]


TLS reviews The Recursive Mind: The Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization by Michael C. Corballis. The reviewer shows her bias in the first two paragraphs: Astonishing animals show up everywhere these days. Cooperative apes, grief-stricken elephants, empathetic cats […]


Sigmund Says: Analysts Expand Their Horizon By Going Beyond Father Freud by Michael H. Miller. In 1909, after a six-day journey from Vienna with his associates Carl Jung and Sándor Ferenczi, Sigmund Freud arrived in New York Harbor and spent […]


The Kids Are Actually Sort of Alright by Noreen Malone. My screwed, coddled, self-absorbed, mocked, surprisingly resilient generation. Read article here.


An unbelievable game…..Cards win in 11th. Cards will win Series tomorrow.

Income Inequality

Jonathan Chait responds to a Paul Ryan speech I linked to here. James Pethokoukis responds to Chait here. The Power Line blog enters the fray with an essay from 1995. John and I wrote the essay The Truth About Income […]