Turns out, there are good reasons to believe that free markets (such as they are) make fools of us. This review explains the basic outline of a book by two Nobel winning economists — Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception — which is very likely worth reading in full.
As we all know, current GOP politicians absolutely adore (or profess to adore, at any rate), Ronald Reagan. While I never understood that attitude, this article points out one good reason: one simply cannot find a better (or less bad) Republican President throughout the past century.
An interesting, if a bit idiosyncratic, piece in the NYT’s Stone column by Alva Noë on why art is a better guide to understanding human nature than neurobiology.
A nice article by historian Mary Beard on why ancient Rome matters to us, based on her forthcoming book, SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome. The Romans are not relevant to us for the usual reasons, Beard argues, and I think the longish essay is well worth the time. I’m waiting for the book to come out (November 9th in the US, October 20th in the UK).
My colleague and friend Will Provine, a historian of science at Cornell, has just passed away. This lovely in memoriam by Anya Plutynsky, published by Philosophy & Theory in Biology (an online journal that I founded and used to edit) explains why he will be missed.