Author: Joseph

  • Joseph is frustrated: the Biden edition

    This is Joseph (Mark may edit this for being too partisan).I am very tired of the main lines of criticism of Joe Biden. He is sure not a perfect president. I think he’s above average, which in that sort of role is pretty high praise. I think he’s gover…

  • IVF in Alabama

    This is Joseph.Alabama recently extended the abortion ban to include IVF, leading some providers to discontinue IVF in that state. The reasoning in at least of the concurring opinions drew on a broader tradition than much legal reasoning did:But the co…

  • Libertarianism

    This is Joseph.This little chart has been making the rounds: It is so incredibly naive about how the world would actually work. It basically presumes that you can pass the duties of government to private corporations. Here are just a few of the ob…

  • Bothsides is an easy way to score points but ignore the main points

    This is Joseph.I am a bit puzzled at the recent discourse going into the next US presidential election. Here is Jon Stewart managing to create an equivalence narrative between Joe Biden and Donald Trump:It is not that the Biden age issue isn’t a point….

  • Breaking the rules with "one simple trick"

    This is Joseph.One under-rated part of the Donald Trump phenomenon is how he seems to be able to flout rules and norms rather aggressively. He skips debates, for example, and still has no trouble winning the nomination. As a result, this has led politi…

  • Plagiarism and nuance

    This is Joseph.There has been a lot of discussion about Plagiarism lately. But it is a very much an art to identify it in academic writing. Some sections, like the methods, need to present information clearly and there are not that many ways to state t…

  • Politics and Jobs

    This is Joseph.So I think that this line of thinking is misguided:Why? Well, the first problem is that purity tests, in general, have a tendency to be abused. The question of whether one’s political beliefs make one capable of doing a job, seem like so…

  • Hypotheticals

    This is Joseph.I wanted to return to a very old topic. The use of hypotheticals to induce moral intuitions is often stated in a very stylized way that does not really convey how real decisions are made. Let us consider the famous trolley problem:There …

  • Random Elon post-Thanksgiving thoughts

    This is Joseph. If you are bored on on this quiet Friday between Thanksgiving and the weekend, then this is a simplistic but fun discussion of Elon Musk. It catches up with the narrative that Mark has been saying for years about how the genius lab…

  • Do business schools make money?

    This is Joseph.There is a letter by Clifford Ando on the costs at the University of Chicago. This passage particularly struck me as interesting:Now, tuition in the business school is $80,961. Undergraduate tuition is $63,801. So whatever…