Eugene Wei

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The Recovery of Case – David Berlinski – Inference

It is April 1977. Noam Chomsky and Howard Lasnik are about to publish an important essay in linguistics.1 Having seen and studied the preprint of …

How the World Works

What do you see as the commonality with these books and why do they explain ‘how the world works’?<p>I have a particular idea in mind when I say ‘how …

Big History

Silicon Valley’s Secrets Are Hiding in Marc Andreessen’s Library

The first time I walked into the lobby of Andreessen Horowitz, four guys were waiting near the wall. Two sat in chairs. Two stood. And all four …

Inside the Groan-Inducing World of Pun Competitions

From the moment he spoke, I knew I was screwed. On the surface, the guy wasn’t particularly fearsome—pudgy, late thirties, polo shirt, plaid shorts, …

Canada

Tyler Cowen doesn't believe in progress, and he wishes you didn't either

Tyler Cowen is an author and a professor of economics at George Mason University. One half of the blogging crew at Marginal Revolution, a must-read blog for anyone interested in economic theory, Cowen is easily one of the most engaging thinkers in the country.<p>He has received a lot of attention for …

Tyler Cowen

Why amazing video games could be causing a big problem for America

<i>A previous version of this article incorrectly characterized Danny Izquierdo's education. The post has been updated to specify he has an associate degree.</i><p>Danny Izquierdo, a 22-year-old who lives with his parents in Silver Spring, Md., has found little satisfaction in a series of part-time, low-wage …

Gaming

What NASA Could Teach Tesla about Autopilot's Limits

Decades of research have warned about the human attention span in automated cockpits

Tesla

'Homo sapiens is an obsolete algorithm': Yuval Noah Harari on how data could eat the world

His magisterial history of humankind, Sapiens, was an international best seller. Now Yuval Noah Harai is back with a big new idea: Dataism<p>There's an emerging market called Dataism, which venerates neither gods nor man - it worships data. From a Dataist perspective, we may interpret the entire human …

Computer Science

To find Hillary Clinton likable, we must learn to view women complexly

By Caroline Siede<p>Whether you realize it or not, you’ve spent your entire life being trained to empathize with white men. From Odysseus to Walter …

Hillary Clinton

The real story behind a viral Rembrandt ‘kids on phones’ photo

An image of schoolchildren seemingly distracted on mobile phones in front of Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ masterpiece is again being shared online<p>A viral image of apparently bored school kids in front of Rembrandt’s most famous painting is being shared online for all the wrong reasons.<p>The photo of …

Kids

An Organic Chicken Farm in Georgia Has Become an Endless Buffet for Bald Eagles

In a battle between a Bald Eagle and a chicken, the chicken is definitely the long shot. And yet you can’t help but root for the eagle. It is a …

How can Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ be both art and not art? – Damon Young Graham Priest

In 1917 a pivotal event occurred for art and philosophy: Marcel Duchamp unveiled his artwork <i>Fountain</i> in Alfred Stieglitz’s New York studio. This was …

Art

Who Gets to Write What?

When I was in graduate school, I remember a fellow writer bringing to a workshop a lynching scene. The writer was not black. He was, in fact, a Chinese-American man named Bill Cheng, who would go on to write a novel of the blues called “Southern Cross the Dog<i>.”</i><p>In class that day, we hemmed and hawed …

Writing

A Game Player’s Manifesto

The following represents my opinion, based on my observations and personal research. I am open to feedback, critique, and correction from those so …

Theo Epstein is the mastermind behind the Cubs' season

<i>Editor's note: This story contains explicit language.</i><p>Theo Epstein's got a finger bleeding on his pick hand.<p>There is blood on the strings and the …

What Can Hitters Actually See Out of a Pitcher’s Hand?

We’ve all seen those swings so terrible that a batter can’t help but smile. Swings like this one from Brandon Phillips last year.<p>Phillips, of course, …

Sports Analytics

The Next Industrial Revolution

An interview with the Economist columnist Ryan Avent on his new book about how technology will change the labor force<p>A “crisis of abundance” initially seems like a paradox. After all, abundance is the ultimate goal of technology and economics. But consider the early history of the electric washing …

Economics

When Will Helen DeWitt Be Recognized As One of the Great American Novelists?

Publishing<br>Can Break<br>Your Heart<p>A flood of bad luck has kept Helen DeWitt’s <i>The Last Samurai</i> out of print. Will a new edition finally cement her place as …

Writing

Sourcedness - Litt - 2016 - Critical Quarterly

The writer–director team Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley is among the most interesting and ambitious working in British cinema, and – exactly because of …

The efficient plots hypothesis

I'm pulling this discussion out of the comments thread on Scott Enderle's blog, because it's fun. This is the formal statement of what will forever …

Evidence Rebuts Chomsky's Theory of Language Learning

The idea that we have brains hardwired with a mental template for learning grammar—famously espoused by Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute …

Linguistics

Hollywood’s Summer of Extremes: Megahits, Superflops and Little Else

LOS ANGELES — Sequel fatigue does not fully explain it. Nor does an overload of mega-budget event movies. A spate of terrible films? Yes, but that’s not entirely the explanation, either.<p>In a summer when studios suffered more misfires than ever, many of them supersized, Hollywood is scratching for …

Entertainment

How Uber Drivers Decide How Long to Work

The ride-hailing company Uber is best known for upending the taxi industry. Now it may be making waves in the economics profession as well.<p>For nearly 20 years, economists have been debating how cabdrivers decide when to call it a day. This may seem like a trivial question, but it is one that cuts …

Economics

When You Change the World and No One Notices

Do you know what’s happening in this picture? Literally one of the most important events in human history.<p>But here’s the most amazing part of the …

Exponential Finance Conference

Thinking At the Margin: It’s Revolutionary

(Don Boudreaux)TweetHere’s a letter to a first-time correspondent:Ms. Katie MontgomeryMs. Montgomery:I regret that you’re offended by my claim that …

Economics

This Man Will Change the Way You Play Board Games

In the lobby of a Sheraton Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York, one Wednesday afternoon this spring, Rob Daviau carefully organized a pile of tiny …

Board Games

Say you don’t need no diamond ring

There aren’t many articles I’ve read that have really changed the way I see the world, but “Gender Identity and Relative Income Within Households,” …

Something to Talk About: Social Spillovers in Movie Consumption: Journal of Political Economy: Vol 0, No 0

University of Chicago

Killer Robots Are Coming And These People Are Trying To Stop Them

Forget about drones, forget about dystopian sci-fi — a terrifying new generation of autonomous weapons is already here. Meet the small band of dedicated optimists battling nefarious governments and bureaucratic tedium to stop the proliferation of killer robots and, just maybe, save humanity from …

Robotics

Why Movies Still Matter

In a new piece on Wired.com, “Could This Be the Year Movies Stopped Mattering?” Brian Raftery suggests that movies have “devolved from Culture-Conquering Pastime to merely Something to Do When the Wi-Fi’s Down,” and that their former centrality to the culture has been taken over by a diverse range …

Entertainment