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{ Monthly Archives } February 2008


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Wisdom is not additive; its maximum is that of the wisest man in a given group. — Robert A. Heinlein


Nothing is random

Nothing is random, nor will anything ever be, whether a long string of perfectly blue days that begin and end in golden dimness, the most seemingly chaotic political acts, the rise of a great city, the crystalline structure of a gem that has never seen the light, the distributions of fortune, what time the milkman […]

The Black Swan

Why making twenty million dollars as a trader doesn’t mean you have a good strategy. Why having someone on TV, saying a particular hospital cured their cancer, doesn’t mean the cancer treatment is any more effective than other places.


I’m inaugurating a new category, Books.  It’s about books. Blogging is all about  creativity.


You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity. — Robert A Heinlein Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. — Nancy Lebovitz button, looking for a good source.


Just an update on the administrative trivia: I’ve created an Amazon bookstore, which is now available from my Bibliophilia page on the sidebar. I’ll take the money, but it means when I refer to a book I can make it easily available to readers. Give it a look, and if you have suggestions, let me […]


In all human history, every great leap forward has been driven by a new clarity of thought. Except for a few natural catastrophes, every great woe has been driven by a stupidity. Our last enemy is ourselves; and this is a war, and we are soldiers. — Robin Hanson


No matter what one does, whether one’s deeds serve virtue or vice, nothing lacks importance. All actions bear a kind of fruit. — Buddha

Big Science

One hint: nothing happens until almost 3 minutes in. Let it download first, then fast forward.