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24 May 2011

Ultra short epistemology post

So many clever people, such good writing, so little time!

I read something that I liked today. Let me share the joy. It seems fitting, particularly in these uncertain times, with a possible rapture scheduled for the weekend, amongst other things:
Probabilities are for understanding... Truth is a rhetorical device.
Tempered by this wry observation
On the other hand, "justified at an 83.5% probability" [leaves something to be desired] for whipping the tribes folk into a frenzied mob

For more political economy flavored thought delivered with the sincerity of an electrical engineer, see the Aretae blog. And his list of BlogFriends.

Some of my own favorites are featured:
  • The Volokh Conspiracy, which sounds sinister but isn't. They are actually a very loosely affiliated and mostly cordial cabal of blogging law professors.
  • Modeled Behavior
  • TheMoneyIllusion, a very sane and friendly site where the author and readers discuss serious policy matters in an agreeable, self-deprecating way. Two typically understated samples are Other activities bumped and Still Not Blogging.
  • xkcd: A math, physics and etymology web comic. It is also supposed to be about sarcasm and love, but there is not so much of that lately. I even wrote my own tribute to Randall Munroe, the author and creator of xckd in my earlier post, With love and geo-hashing.
  • Greg Mankiw's Blog: I think he won a Nobel Prize. He's an often reviled pillar of economic orthodoxy, whatever that actually means. Maybe "University of Chicago-school monetarist" or "economic heterodoxy" would be more accurate. He has an arrogant style sometimes, but is very bright. Bonus: Mankiw gives links to sites with nice free things. Like economics or statistics textbooks. Or gratis access to the Brookings Institute economics journal.
  • Overcoming Bias
  • Foseti
  • The Unenumerated Here's a sample that I liked.
And many more.