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Adding to John Vandivier’s Bio

A friend recently invited me to a political discussion. One introductory question was about each individual’s current political attitudes and how they saw those develop in their own lives. What I wrote is repeated here. I’m an anarcho-capitalist. I’m also

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Tim Ferris Manages Up on Remote Work

As a software developer, it’s super weird that I have to manage and train my organizational superiors. It’s a notion that economists and business thinkers in academia generally rule out before the analysis, but it’s a real thing. Software development

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Included Variable Bias

In statistics we often complain about omitted variable bias. Throughout my academic training, however, I have never been instructed against included variable bias. Omitted variable bias is the case where a regression fails to include a right hand factor. As

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A Quick Hack to Help Intermittent Fasting

My intermittent fasting plan restricts eating to between noon and 8 PM. Sometimes intermittent fasting is hard because I get hungry. I’ve noticed instead of committing not to eat for X hours it’s sometimes mentally easier for me to commit

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On Science and Religion

This article aggregates a few talking points on the relationship between Christianity, education, religion, and science. Ecklund and Scheitle, 2017, Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think About 36 percent of evangelicals think scientists are hostile to religion, compared

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Plz Appropriate Me Bro

Obviously white people, on average, obtain higher levels of income and various other measures of success in America. You can call this White Privilege and call on government intervention to solve the problem, but this is a band aid solution.

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Patience Over Race

While much of the news over how to improve society today revolves around such topics a supposed need to reduce white privilege, a study published just today has found that a person’s ability to delay instant gratification is a more

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5 Steps to Correct for Own Bias

This article briefly describes how to correct for own bias. It’s motivated by the question of a Facebook friend: “What steps do you take to actively correct for your bias when you want to determine the answers to complicated socio-economic

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Thomas Sowell’s Interesting Points on IQ

In his interview with Crowder, Sowell made at least four points I thought were interesting related to IQ, showing IQ to be more nurture and less genetic than previously thought: The first-born child has higher IQ than a later born

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Why Use Points for Estimation?

I’ve often been asked to map points to hours as part of an estimation process. This kind of works and kind of doesn’t. I’ll give my rule of thumb at the end, but first I want to defend the use

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