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Crooked Timber

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With a title pulled from Immanuel Kant's famous statement that 'out of the crooked timber of humanity, no stra [Read More]

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Sunday photoblogging: Birds at Crosby
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Crooked Timber
Sunday, February 25, 2018


Famous Monsters of Plantland: The Green Thing!
My Erasmus Darwin post got such a huge response that a follow-up is in order!...
Crooked Timber
Sunday, February 25, 2018


A Note About Responsibility
Law-makers are responsible for the laws they make, and support, and do not repeal. They are responsible for the intended effects of their legislation, also for unintended but easily predicted effects. (They are even semi-responsible for less easily p...
Crooked Timber
Saturday, February 24, 2018


The Botanic Garden: Famous Monsters of Plantland
A couple weeks ago I was, as one does, declaiming selections from Erasmus Darwin's poetry around the table, for the moral edification of the females present. I was explaining to the young daughters, in particular, how and why people were upset that D...
Crooked Timber
Saturday, February 24, 2018


The Hard Bigotry of Rock-Bottom Expectations
1) Obviously this arm-the-teachers idea is going nowhere. 2) Obviously this arm-the-teachers idea is nothing but a ball of unintended, flagrantly terrible consequences waiting to happen. And it would be incredibly costly and legally and administrativ...
Crooked Timber
Friday, February 23, 2018


This Does Not Look Like You Care About These Adults
A lot of conservatives are taking a ‘who will think of the children?' approach to the aftermath of the most recent school shooting. As Erick Erickson writes: "I think putting them on television after a mass murder at their school is not caring about ...
Crooked Timber
Thursday, February 22, 2018


Psychomyths and Thought Experiments
I'm writing something about Ursula K. Le Guin's most famous tale, "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" (I'm sure you've read it.) I'm reading the author's story notes, in The Wind's Twelve Quarters [amazon]. She calls it a ‘psychomyth'. In her introd...
Crooked Timber
Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Economics in Two Lessons: Draft Outline
At the suggestion of a reader , I'm posting a draft Table of Contents for Economics in Two Lessons...
Crooked Timber
Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Economics in Two Lessons: Chapter 1
Thanks to everyone who commented on the draft introduction to my book, Economics in Two Lessons. The revised introduction is here. Feel free to make further comments on it if you wish. Moving along, here's the draft of Chapter 1. Again, I welcome com...
Crooked Timber
Monday, February 19, 2018


Panpsychism, Erewhon Edition
A couple weeks back I posted about panpsychism. Is it as preposterous as all that? Opinions differ! Today I discovered that there are arguments for it, in effect, in Erewhon, by Samuel Butler (1872). As you may know, the utopian Erewhonians, in Butle...
Crooked Timber
Sunday, February 18, 2018



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