Monthly Archives: November 2009

Medical Malpractice and Simple Solutions

Beliefs about the cost and effectiveness of the medical malpractice system vary. Trial lawyers who generally support the Democratic Party claim that medical malpractice suits are the best way to compensate those injured by medical errors and punish those physicians … Continue reading

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Of Herds, Knowledge, and Effective Action

Scientists are against herds. Many now argue that climate science has become, as Jon Stewart of the Daily Show commented, a “secular religion.”   Herd mentality is bad in science, I agree, but it is necessary for effective social change. We … Continue reading

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Prevention is Better than Cure

Complex systems are prone to large effects from small causes. Society reflects this reality. An incident of police brutality sets off riots or a land dispute in a remote village threatens the stability of the world’s largest democracy. According to … Continue reading

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Geo-engineering Big Government

It’s fascinating how a short and not very informative video can create a vigorous debate. In a 6 minute interview by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, Steven Levitt described how geo-engineering schemes like a 100,000 foot garden hose to spray sulphur … Continue reading

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