Category Archives: Social issues

Voce clamantium ex vacuo

7 min read A personal case study in post-truthism: Two strangers are about to leave our weekend mountain cabin to …

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Fertility probability and age

4 min read Men and women alike often have an astonishing misapprehension of fertility probability.   Part of the problem …

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How representative is your group?: Statistical identification of selection bias

How representative of the US population is your group:  your friends?  your employees or work colleagues?  your classmates?  your dating …

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Skip the eyeliner, save the world

5 min read Attired in a standard-issue, form-fitting sheath dress at a corporate networking event.  Shifting uncomfortably in the lowest …

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Obesity is not a choice: The cruelty of pseudo-libertarians

5 min read The late 20th-century revolution of behavioral economics enlightened us to the fundamental ways in which the human …

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Think a Muslim ban is irrelevant to you?

7 min read An indignant acquaintance demanded to know “why” I (“of all people”) am so upset about the latest …

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The very first nasty woman

5 min read The first woman was also the first “nasty woman”.  (I refer to the misogynist insult – invoked …

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Progressives v. Conservatives: It’s all about fear of Type I or Type II errors

25 min read Chatting with a libertarian friend over at a wine bar before the recent election, I was reminded …

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