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Going through all of the famous Feynman lectures may not be for you, though I do recommend many of them, but reading some of Feynman’s popular work is highly recommended as is learning a little bit more about him. I very much appreciated his comments to close his few years of teaching “Intro” physics at […]

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From three All-Stars (Fryer, Levitt and List): This intervention had large and statistically significant positive impacts on both cognitive and non-cognitive test scores of Hispanics and Whites, but no impact on Blacks … Children with above median (pre-treatment) non cognitive scores accrue the most benefits from treatment. In other work, it seems that government R&D subsidies […]

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We’ve jumped the shark: employees are now Green Reps. Isn’t this sort of forcing folks to either publicly be “for” or “not for” workplace sustainability? What if one chooses not to become one? Who doesn’t want their workplace to run more efficiently anyhow? I can’t stop thinking about this.

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Before reading the following passage, note that I probably should retitle this post and change “government” to just about “anyone.” My children go to Catholic schools and there are piles of things they learn there that are either misinformed, plain wrong, questionable, etc. I like that they are exposed to things that I think are […]

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In yesterday’s news, our university announced the creation of another new institute/initiative, the Institute for Performing Arts. Note that one of the students depicted there is one of my very best students! So this institute seems like a really great idea. I am wondering how many initiatives and institutes our university has shut down over […]

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Such a question is normally asked by me in an intermediate micro class to illustrate that basic economic tools can be useful for understanding the most pedestrian events of our everyday life. Indeed, I was all set to have my intro students grapple with this earth altering question as I wander into class today. But […]

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This may come as a surprise to those who tend to hold diametric socio-political views than myself, but it’s pretty clear to me that the most fashionable young socialists that populate the college campus community are far closer to be anarchists than, say, someone like me. How can I say this? Well, a college campus is increasingly […]

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Our Class Rules

Like many parents, last week I was able to attend the opening meetings at our childrens’ school which included a brief “ra ra” assembly with the Principal and then we go to the classrooms to meet the teachers and listen to their shpiel on how they will educate our kids and how lucky they are to […]

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Information Overload

There is no doubt in my mind that Universities are doing themselves and their students a disservice with the amount of information that they slam them with to start their college careers. Many schools. ours included, have nearly an entire week of new student Orientation that is packed from morning to evening with activities and […]

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I very much enjoyed this article on the possibility of molten-salt nuclear reactors becoming operational in the near future. They are safe, and they can use spent uranium to fuel. For those who know me, I was a physics major back in the day, and badly wanted to go into the field of nuclear power […]

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