Month: September 2017

Business Attire as Conformity Signaling

This article is an answer to a homework question on signaling, asked as part of a class on Caplan’s forthcoming The Case Against Education. My actual answer was half this long as I realized after the fact it should be

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Uncertainty as Missing Business Logic

This article takes a new perspective in identifying uncertainty, but arrives at the same ol’ conclusion: It does not preclude modelling and simply entails a reduction in confidence of model outcomes. Suppose we have an aggregate model with panel data.

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Arguing for the God of the Gaps and Against Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a cool dude and one of many who oppose the use of God of the Gaps argumentation. In this article I propose a valid form of such argumentation. Here is a quote from Bonhoeffer: how wrong it

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NAP Problems

I read a comment by a friend on Facebook recently about the NAP and it kicked off the conversation described and editorialized below. This continues my belief that the NAP is a weak grounding for economic analysis or derived normative

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Futureproof Christianity

Years ago I improved on Pascal’s Wager with the Vandivierian Wager. An article on it is here and a video on it is here. This article reinforces that argument in two ways. First, I specifically reinforce the defense against future

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Another Link Re Education and Irreligion

I previously argued that the argument “Education is correlated with secularism” is fallacious. This article adds another scholarly article to the pile of evidence that the aforementioned argument is fallacious. Tldr: Scientists and highly educated folks typically decide on their

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The Law of Signal Conservation

This article describes a hypothetical model of signalling relevant to labor analysis. There are many such models, but a possibly unique characteristic noted here is that transactions completed on the basis of a signal may involve a constant total signalling

Defending the Benefits of Eating Local

Learn Liberty is an organization I really like. They recently put out a great short video series on Behavioral Economics featuring the Davies. They also recently put out the really awful article Most benefits of eating local are wildly exaggerated, and

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3 Problems With Libertarianism

Lauren Southern just released a video criticizing modern libertarianism. She’s got some points, but imo they mostly apply to the modern libertarian movement and not libertarianism qua libertarianism as an intellectual thingy. This article points out my three issues with

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Applied Unknowns Analysis

One of the major Austrian critiques of certain kinds of analysis focuses on uncertainty. You can make a forecast based on certain data, but something unexpected might come along and muck everything up. In the past I have described ways

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