Eugene Wei

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What the hell is going on?

Donald Trump may get the nuclear suitcase, a cranky “park bench” socialist took Hillary Clinton to the wire, many countries are becoming less free, …

There’s No Such Thing as Free Will

But we’re better off believing in it anyway.<p>For centuries, philosophers and theologians have almost unanimously held that civilization as we know it depends on a widespread belief in free will—and that losing this belief could be calamitous. Our codes of ethics, for example, assume that we can …

Psychology

what do you owe to people who are guilty of being wrong?

Here’s Angry Paul with a take that I’m seeing more and more from our liberal intelligentsia: that Trump’s rise has nothing to do with the collapsing …

Meritocracy

It’s Time to Get Over QWERTY — A Q&A with Tom Mullaney on Alphabets, Chinese Characters, and Computing

Jeffrey Wasserstrom inverviews Tom Mullaney<p><i>Last month, I was one of two speakers at a lunchtime event on China held at Microsoft’s main campus</i> …

Asia

Debunking "The Big Short": How Michael Lewis Turned the Real Villains of the Crisis into Heros

I hate to give any attention to Michael Lewis’ The Big Short, since the wildly popular book told a fundamentally misleading story of the crisis which …

Michael Lewis

Jane Jacobs Was Right About What Makes A Great City And Mobile Phone Data Proves It

Mixed use neighborhoods with dense streets create the "sidewalk ballet" that the famous urban theorist envisioned 100 years ago.<p>In her 1961 book <i>The Death and Life of Great American Cities</i>, the urban theorist and author Jane Jacobs wrote about what makes cities dynamic, safe, and humane. Responding …

Jane Jacobs

What Caused the Great Crime Decline in the U.S.?

After decades of soaring levels of homicides and drug violence, the country’s crime rate plunged dramatically over the last 25 years. What happened?<p><i>A&Q is a special series that inverts the classic Q&A, taking some of the most frequently posed solutions to pressing matters of policy and exploring</i> …

Crime

Clinton's Thinking Vs. Trump's Feelings

Donald Trump is an iconic System 1 candidate -- more clearly so than any party nominee in at least sixty years. Hillary Clinton is an iconic System 2 …

Elections

Scott Adams Blog

Now that Donald Trump has effectively wrapped up the Republican Party nomination, let’s talk about the general election. Clinton’s campaign chair, …

Dilbert

Longform: Why the Death of Greatest Hits Albums and Reissues Is Worth Mourning

Entertainment

A Warmer, Fuzzier Los Angeles

Los Angeles — I GOT lost the other day driving on Venice Boulevard. This is a street, a mile south of where I live, that I use to travel east or west. But it has changed of late, like much of Los Angeles.<p>Over the past few years, Venice Boulevard has been the site of a huge infrastructural project: …

Los Angeles

No Great Technological Stagnation

But they usually look at economic factors like Total Factor Productivity (TFP) or GDP per hour worked. By these measures, we are living through a …

Moore's Law

The Best Dishwasher

Our pick<p>With a third rack and quiet performance, this reliable, efficient, effective Bosch is a premium appliance at a midrange price.<p>Expert …

Domestic Technology

What Happened to Google Maps?

Google

Paul Westerberg Remembers Prince: 'I Can't Think of Anyone Better'

Replacements frontman recalls late star's impact on Minneapolis scene<p><i>Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg was a teenage punk-rocker when he had his first life-altering experience listening to Prince. Decades later, after playing the same clubs as the late star and recording frequently at Paisley</i> …

Entertainment

The Feed Is Dying

The feed is dying. The reverse-chronological social media feed — the way you’ve read Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and blogs (which is to say, the …

Social Media

“Isn’t This Funnier?” New Girl Creator Liz Meriwether Recalls the Making of the Prince Episode

On December 4, 2013, I was sitting around a conference table on the Fox lot getting notes on the table draft of <i>New Girl</i> episode 315 — an episode that …

Love

An unfashionable defence of convenience

Undoubtedly the big food industry news this week concerned the decision by Mars to label a number of their products as being only suitable for …

Food

That naked restaurant in London now has almost 30,000 people on the waiting list

A new pop-up restaurant coming to central London this summer will give diners the option to eat in the nude.<p>The Bunyadi, which is opening in June for three months, will be split into clothed and unclothed sections, and even feature staff in the nude with certain body parts covered up, Time Out …

Food & Dining

David Foster Wallace’s Perfect Game

“Tennis” is a wonderful word in the sense that it never really existed. That is, although the game is French to the core—not one but two of France’s early kings died at the tennis courts, and the Republic was born on one, with the Tennis Court Oath—the French never called it that, tennis. They …

Writing

A Question of Privilege

My university-aged daughter is always telling me about the “privilege” that people like me have and how it makes it impossible for me to understand …

The Paradox of the Elephant Brain - Issue 35: Boundaries

We have long deemed ourselves to be at the pinnacle of cognitive abilities among animals. But that is different from being at the pinnacle of …

Paradoxes

The sugar conspiracy

Robert Lustig is a paediatric endocrinologist at the University of California who specialises in the treatment of childhood obesity. A 90-minute talk he gave in 2009, titled Sugar: The Bitter Truth, has now been viewed more than six million times on YouTube. In it, Lustig argues forcefully that …

Conspiracies

The Science of Smart Hiring

Finding great new workers is hard. A little bit of empiricism can help.<p>In the summer of 2006, Todd Carlisle, a Google analyst with a doctorate in organizational psychology, designed a 300-question survey for every Google employee to fill out, The New York Times later reported.<p>Some questions were …

Scientific Research

School Is To Submit

Most animals in the world can’t be usefully domesticated. This isn’t because we can’t eat their meat, or feed them the food they need. It is because …

Agriculture

Some Strategies of Bot Poetics

Introduction<p>I think that Twitterbots are the most important development in contemporary poetry. Twitterbots are combining avant-garde conceptual …

The Future of Work

The Future of Work: Why Wages Aren’t Keeping Up<p><i>by Robert Solow</i><p>One of the more puzzling and damaging features of the American labor market in the last …

Swim. Bike. Cheat?

SQUAMISH, British Columbia — The race was tough and the conditions dreadful — 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling and 26.2 miles of running, mostly in freezing rain — but Susanne Davis crossed the Ironman Canada finish line last July certain that she had won her category, women aged …

Running

The Largest Analysis of Dialogue by Gender, Ever

from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age<p>Lately, Hollywood has been taking so much shit for rampant sexism and racism. The prevailing …

Gender

Last Film, Best Film?

A friend and fellow-critic, Forrest Cardamenis, recently tweeted a mention of something that I wrote some time ago: “If you think that someone’s first or second film in a long career is their best, you don’t really like their work. Artists grow.” I’m glad he did so, because the idea hints at vistas …

Charlie Chaplin