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Entries from October 2005

Post-Panel Roundups

October 14th, 2005 · 1 Comment

I thought Wednesday’s panel on cross-party dating went pretty well. You can check out The D.C. Examiner‘s writeup and a summary from Wonkette. There should be audio up at the AFF site soon, which I’ll link when it’s posted.

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Tags: Self Promotion

Panel Tonight!

October 12th, 2005 · Comments Off on Panel Tonight!

I meant to post this earlier, but I’ll be moderating this panel tonight: This Wednesday, October 12, please join AFF’s Roundtable, “Cross Party Dating: The Pick-Ups, Perils, and Pitfalls.” Our panelists will debate over the merits of dating people of different political ideologies. In the politically-charged DC culture, does party really matter in finding your […]

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Tags: Self Promotion

Miers and Availability Heuristics

October 12th, 2005 · 3 Comments

I initially was puzzled by the cries of “elitism” being flung at critics of the Miers evaluation. She’s got a respectable resumé for being the president’s lawyer, but could anyone really find it “elitist” to require some more relevant experience in a Supreme Court justice? Then I got to thinking about availability heuristics—the way we […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics

If I Don’t Have Free Will, I Choose to Give Up

October 4th, 2005 · 5 Comments

I was a bit surprised to read Majikthise’s reaction to an odd hypothetical from Kevin Drum: With this in mind, here’s another possibility for what happens after we create fantastically advanced computing capabilities that are thoroughly merged with human consciousness: we discover — in a way that’s truly convincing — that free will doesn’t exist. […]

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Tags: General Philosophy

Muck and Miers

October 3rd, 2005 · Comments Off on Muck and Miers

Atrios beat me to linking this John Podhoretz post: HARRIET MIERS [John Podhoretz] I am going to assume that this is a classic Bush head-fake gambit. If I’m wrong, I will spend the weekend banging my head against a concrete wall. This is the Supreme Court we’re talking about! It’s not a job for a […]

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Tags: Law

Bill Bennett’s Gaffe

October 2nd, 2005 · 4 Comments

So, Bill Bennett’s taken a bunch of heat for a recent radio appearance in which he objected to instrumentalist defenses of abortion by arguing that one could lower the crime rate by aborting every black child, and we’d all regard that as morally monstrous—and has also picked up some unlikely defenders. The defenders are mostly […]

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Tags: Sociology