Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Narrative of Fire

I’m a very lucky person. I was born in the best nation at the best time in the best place on Earth, into circumstances that at once gave me a certain degree of humility (although I often keep it well-hidden) … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Case-Control Studies

Case-control studies do the following: Find a bunch of entities that have instances of the effect you are interested in. These are the “cases”. Find an equal or greater number of entities that are matched with your cases in every … Continue reading

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Reification Revisited

I think very slowly and I’m not very smart. Unlike every other human being on Earth, who “just knows” exactly what is the right thing to do in all circumstances and is never, ever wrong about it, I sometimes make … Continue reading

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Religious Reification

I’ve written about our tendency to treat certain ways of putting people in to abstract groups as “real” before, and how this can distort our relationship to reality, often in socially and personally negative ways. Scott Lynch tweated today: Maybe … Continue reading

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Blasphemophobia

I have always had unpopular opinions, and argued for them forthrightly, vigorously and–I like to think–honestly. I have sought out the weaknesses of my own positions and done my best to modify them in the face of new evidence. I’ve … Continue reading

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The Prophet and the Carpenter

The Peaceful Prophet’s followers were shooting infidels, beheading them with axes and flinging them down wells proclaiming, “I’m for Paradise!” while making Earth a Hell. Apologists snapped angrily because they thought the war against Enlightenment and law was all of … Continue reading

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