Cognitive Science · Economics · Human Rationality

Books about human rationality.

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of new and surprising reappraisals of human rationality. Here is a bibliography of a few of these books and essays.   Bibliography: the new understanding of human rationality: The Enigma of Reason.  A book by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber published in April of 2017.  Go to Book The Argumentative…… Continue reading Books about human rationality.

Human Rationality · Human Thinking

Why facts don’t change our minds

This post is a review of a New Yorker article by Elizabeth Kolbert titled Why Facts Don’t Change our Minds published on February 27, 2017.  This article is, among other things a review of the book The Enigma of Reason by the cognitive scientists Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber. I have discussed the work of Mercer and…… Continue reading Why facts don’t change our minds

The Unwinding of America · Trump · US Politics

America’s Broken Democracy

This is a review of the Project Syndicate article America’s Broken Democracy by Jeffrey D Sachs. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, is Director of Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development and of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. His books include The End of…… Continue reading America’s Broken Democracy

Great Scenic Locations · National Parks

Visiting Glacier National Park, Part 2

This is the second article in a series of three articles about Glacier National Park. Here is  the first article if you want to read that one first. The first article ended with a description of the trail of the Cedars and the Avalanche Creek Gorge. In this article I continue moving East, along Going to…… Continue reading Visiting Glacier National Park, Part 2

Climate · Trump

Donald Trump’s Historic Mistake

This post is about an article in Project Syndicate titled Donald Trump’s Historic Mistake.  It was published June 1, 2017. Before I get into this article, I want to briefly tell you how good Project Syndicate, the site where the article appears, is. Project Syndicate is an international site that features what are probably the world’s best articles…… Continue reading Donald Trump’s Historic Mistake

Global Warming · Paul Krugman

Going non-carbon wouldn’t hurt the US economy a bit.

Paul Krugman column in the NYT on June 1, 2017. Paul Krugman says that a low-emissions economy would look a lot like the economy we have now.  It would mostly run on electricity which would be generated by wind, solar and nuclear, all of which have become much less expensive recently.  Sure, the sun doesn’t…… Continue reading Going non-carbon wouldn’t hurt the US economy a bit.