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Is reading the most efficient way to consume information?

The average reader is a speed reader. says they assume their average readers read at 275 words per minute (wpm) (or sometimes they claim 260 wpm). I averaged their estimated reading speed for nine essays and they really estimated

Posted in Culture, Personal (not econ)

Abolish Daylight Wasting Time

Today begins the season of Daylight Wasting Time which wastes daylight for  most Americans. The median American gets out of bed a little after 6:30AM and goes to bed around 11PM according to Jawbone’s sleep sensors. Daylight Saving Time extends daylight

Posted in Culture

Myth, religion, and fascism

Yuval Noah Harari is the author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. The basic thesis of the book is: The truly unique trait of Sapiens is our ability to create and believe fiction. All other animals use their communication system to describe

Posted in Philosophy and ethics, Public Finance

Why is extreme selfishness funny?

Here is a screenshot of a to-do list that the author undoubtedly meant as a joke, but I wonder why some people would post this kind of thing or find it funny. The first point is being spiteful to his

Posted in Culture, Philosophy and ethics

#Pence2018: What gay bunnies mean for a Pence administration.

Whereas in 2009 nearly 50% more Americans opposed gay marriage than supported it, as of the latest poll, a mere eight years later, there are nearly twice as many Americans who support gay marriage than those opposed according to Gallop.

Posted in Culture, Pence2018

What about Honor?

I was chosen to be Bluffton’s Civic Engagement Day scholar for 2018 and so I’ll be lecturing about honor for Civic Engagement Day and at the Presidential Scholarship Competition next week.  I had to assign a reading about honor to the prospective

Posted in Philosophy and ethics

Announcing The Positivist Fallacy

I was just updating my Introduction to Mmutilitarianism for my public finance students to read today and I added a new page about The Positivist Fallacy which explains why positivism is impossible and the whole normative-positive distinction is illogical and useless at best

Posted in Medianism, Philosophy and ethics

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