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Case Studies for Life

(or, "On the Proper Use of Anecdotes") (1000 words, ~3 minutes to read) According to most people, the pinnacle of scientific investigation is the randomized controlled trial (RCT). In this setup, the procedure and investigation are determined in advance, and a representative sample of subjects are randomly assigned to different treatment groups, whose scores on… Continue reading Case Studies for Life

The Real World

Slogans: What We Say and What We Mean

(1600 words, 5-6 minutes to read. Sorry in advance for the many, many quotation marks.) Growing up, my dad used to play this game where he'd dissect a word and interpret each piece literally. "Do you want to know where the word 'politics' comes from?" he'd say. "Well 'poly' means 'many', and 'ticks' are blood-sucking… Continue reading Slogans: What We Say and What We Mean

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Against the Police-Free World That Nobody is Asking For

(1100 words, ~4 minutes to read) I've mostly stayed away from the most extreme discussions going on right now regarding police reform, but it's becoming difficult to dodge. The slogans "Defund the Police" or "Abolish the Police" are tossed around frequently, with different people apparently meaning very different things by these same words. When asked… Continue reading Against the Police-Free World That Nobody is Asking For