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Chimps Play Fair in the Ultimatum Game

The model of Homo economicus--that human beings are rational maximizers of their selfish interests--has been challenged by ultimatum bargaining experiments. In the ultimatum game, there is a pool of money (say $100) to be split between two people. Show More Summary

"Time is Slowly Disappearing from Our Universe" (Or, is It Timeless?)

What if the time part of the the space-time continuum equation was literally running out? Perhaps evidence suggests that time is slowly disappearing from our universe, and will one day vanish completely --a radical theory may explain a cosmological mystery...

Assorted links

1. Robin Hanson on Arthur Melzer and esoteric writing. 2. There is no great stagnation electric spoon zaps taste into every bite edition. 3. Richard McKenzie on Ebola, not my views but happy to pass along an economist writing on this topic. 4. Is it legal to build a diversion barrier against Hawaiian lava flow? […]

Saturday Interview: Trudie McGuinness

Trudie McGuinness is Staffordshire born and bred. She is also Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for Staffordshire Moorlands, where she faces the largely-absent and hands-off Tory MP, Karen Bradley. You can follow Trudie on Twitter here. Show More Summary

Fright Week: Fear of Mirrors

When I was a kid, I watched this scary TV show called One Step Beyond. It was kind of like The Twilight Zone, except the stories were more haunting and supernatural.An especially frightening episode was called The Clown. Everyone loves the circus. Show More Summary

Halloween Friday Cat Blogging!

I Ain't Superstitious, leastways no more than Howlin' Wolf, but two twin black tuxedo cats just crossed my path. All dressed up with nowhere to go. Nine lives and dressed to the nines. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Superstition. Guitar solo starts...

BOO! Your Tax Dollars at Work

Patrick J. Michaels Increasingly, federal monies have been disbursed to the various departments and agencies in support of the Obama administration’s politically strange perseveration on global warming. Specifically, many millions go...Show More Summary

1960s Video Explaining Longshore Sediment Transport in Southern California

After seeing my post the other day of a turbidity current caught on video, a good friend of mine sent me the link to this wonderful little film called Beach: A River of Sand. I didn’t see a production date on it, but I’m guessing it’s from the 1960s. It’s 20 minutes long and well worth watching when you […]

Are Well-Meaning but Misguided Conservatives Being Seduced by the Value-Added Tax?

Daniel J. Mitchell Having a vision of a free society doesn’t mean libertarians are incapable of common-sense political calculations. For example, the long-run goal is to dramatically shrink the size and scope of the federal government,...Show More Summary

Creationist debacle at Michigan State

3 months agoAcademics : Pharyngula

It’s yet another creationist conference in which the imminent demise of evolutionary theory will be declared this weekend, and it’s being held on a university campus, which is always jarring. The university is said to be “uneasy” about it all. The 1 November event, called the Origin Summit, is sponsored by Creation Summit, an Oklahoma-based…

Philadelphia Teachers Disrupt School Board Meeting

Andrew J. Coulson Teachers Union at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission In poll after poll, parents tell us that they care about academic achievement, but that they also want schools to help instill good values. And since children...Show More Summary

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