Wicked Problems and Social Planning

This article makes a simplified argument against social planning utilizing the cost of solving wicked problems. Wicked problems have a technical definition which includes many characteristics, the first of which is “There is no definitive formulation of a wicked problem.”The general notion behind the concept is simply that some public policy or social planning questions … Read more Wicked Problems and Social Planning

Computational vs Economic Efficiency

Efficiency is a concept in both economics and programming. This article will compare and contrast these two views of efficiency. Efficient coding can be described in 3 ways. These 3 descriptions often  but not always imply essentially the same implementation: Efficient code is DRY, not duplicative. Efficient code is reusable, modular, and generalized, not overly … Read more Computational vs Economic Efficiency

Stupid Science and Evolutionary Biology

In researching the validity of this anti-ID article I came across this pro-evolution article called Putative amphibian fossil shows “broken” bone; said to be first indication of terrestriality. The article itself is decent, but the underlying ‘scholarly paper’ is a great example of stupid science. The conclusion, from a new paper in PLoS ONE by Peter … Read more Stupid Science and Evolutionary Biology

5 Solutions to the Signaling Problem in New Autodidacticism

Autodidacticism is self-directed learning. The advent of the internet and child technologies such as MOOCs has made self-directed learning easier, cheaper, and more beneficial than in the past. Consequently it has also become more common. There is a signaling problem with this self-directed learning. The non-standard format of this kind of learning makes it hard … Read more 5 Solutions to the Signaling Problem in New Autodidacticism