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Assumptions behind a curtain

This is basically an overly long response to a recent blog post by Scott Alexander. It’s not very interesting outside of that context, so read that first unless you did so already. Also, most of this is further simplification of … Continue reading

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More on the uselessness of sex ed

Update: Yvain, who unlike me knows what he’s talking about, takes a somewhat more nuanced position and I infest his combox. This is basically a response to a comment that got so long I made it a post. In my last … Continue reading

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Slippery slopes, statistics and the telephone game

Leah Libresco of Unequally Yoked recently told her readers: In statistical news, social scientists have not found any evidence of doctor assisted suicide launching us down a slippery slope.  The rates of people electing medically-assisted suicide has stayed flat in Oregon and … Continue reading

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The BBC thinks I’m morally lenient

The BBC offers a quiz to Test Your Morality (HT: Brian Green at The Moral Mindfield). Basically they present you with some scenarios of what someone has done and ask you to give 1-10 ratings of your sense of wrongness, … Continue reading

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