Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Biden and cultural norms

 I am trying to avoid Biden, because we need some time to see what he actually does, and he deserves a breaking in period. But this is pretty bad. I think I take this differently than most. I think the ‘cultural norm’ bit is referring to *Biden*. Here is my interpretation: “I explained to Xi that I would have to criticize some things he does but that’s just because it’s expected of an American president. It’s not something for him to take seriously. He gets that.” 

Friday, February 12, 2021

A Blind Spot on Darwin's Birthday

 I see this a lot, mostly from psychologists actually “ Darwin is the greatest scientist to have ever lived.”

That’s insularity. Darwin might be the most relevant in their discipline, but not only is Darwin not the greatest scientist, he is rather obviously not even the greatest British scientist, or in fact even the greatest British scientist of the 19th century, since both Faraday and Maxwell fall in that category. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021