A Modest Job Application

Behold. The awesomeness of this post starts with the salutation itself. My favorite part: “Social entrepreneurs” are not a field, as the sentence’s syntax suggests, and that final clause could be made nimbler by using the adjective “social” only once, as here: “social entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and change makers.” In addition, it’s not clear that “change …

A Revolutionary Idea

Courtesy of William Easterly (who, if there is any justice in the world, will be awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics): Too much of America’s foreign aid funds what I call authoritarian development. That’s when the international community–experts from the U.N. and other bodies–swoop into third-world countries and offer purely technical assistance to dictatorships like …

Failures of Willpower May Be Related to the Uncertainty of Time

So reports Maria Konnikova: WHAT do you do if, when you get to a subway platform, you see that it is already packed with people? Do you join the throngs to wait for the train, or do you shake your head and seek an alternative way to get where you’re going? If you go the …

On Correlation

We've really got to stop thinking that it necessarily constitutes causation. And yes, I know that it's tempting to think that the decline of market share for Internet Explorer can lead to a lessening in homicidal tendencies.(Hat tip: William Easterly, via social media.)