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No planet but this one
The Voyager 2 spacecraft has just passed through the heliopause and into interstellar space, forty years after it was launched. On the one hand that's a stunning technological achievement and a reminder of the wonderful universe we live in. On the ot...
Crooked Timber
Thursday, December 13, 2018

That's not my department, says Wernher von Braun
Tyler Cowen suggests that Tom Lehrer would have been a member of the Intellectual Dark Web. Lehrer represented the IDW of his day.  He said (sang) things others couldn't, and his main enemy or target was political correctness.  It surprised me to hea...
Crooked Timber
Monday, December 10, 2018

Britain convicts human rights defenders of terrorism offence
In the UK every day is Brexit day, but today more than most because our hapless Prime Minister's attempts to persuade Parliament to back her "deal" have run into the sand. The wall-to-wall coverage means that there's every danger that the state's vic...
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Monday, December 10, 2018

Hack Gaps and Noble Lies
These days we are healthily cynical about the omnipresence of motivated reasoning in cognition and communication. Everyone is working to fool everyone, starting with themselves. (It used to be you had to read Nietzsche to learn this stuff. Ah, those ...
Crooked Timber
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunday photoblogging: Bristol dawn
Still getting used to the new camera, but there was some fantastic light first thing this morning....
Crooked Timber
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Saturday art blogging: making art with the help of AI
Remember those days when you would discover a Web site and completely lose track of time as you got sucked into its amazingness? I hope you have some time, because I am about to point you to such a site. The video below is purely for the purposes of ...
Crooked Timber
Saturday, December 8, 2018

A small piece of good news for the global climate
The market price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is plummeting, having dropped by 10 per cent over the last couple of days, and 50 per cent over the past month. The bubble that reached maximum expansion a year ago is gradually deflating. The go...
Crooked Timber
Friday, December 7, 2018

A philosophical experiment about inequality
Crossposted by co-writer Tim Meijers at Justice Everywhere Political philosophers often engage in thought experiments, which involve putting hypothetical persons in hypothetical scenarios. However, it is often challenging to find ways to involve real...
Crooked Timber
Monday, December 3, 2018

Sunday photoblogging, and an appeal
Here's a row of houses in Southville, Bristol near where I live. I'm hoping to have a burst of photographic activity now, having just taken delivery of a new camera, a Panasonic G9, last week. And now for an appeal: Bristol Refugee Rights, where I'm ...
Crooked Timber
Sunday, December 2, 2018

Abusive Legalism
‘Norm erosion' has been a debated thing for a while. Good norms have been undermined by Trump. But does it make sense to push back against that by defending norms, rather than, say, the good? It's useful to narrow it down. This President, in this era...
Crooked Timber
Sunday, December 2, 2018

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