Archive for January 31st, 2007

There are no accidental wars

| January 31, 2007 | 3 Replies
There are no accidental wars

Here’s today’s headline from MSNBC today: U.S.-Iran tensions could trigger accidental war Here’s what is going on, according to this article:  Citing Iranian involvement with Iraqi militias and Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, the Bush administration has shifted to offense in its confrontation with Iran — building up the U.S. military in the Persian Gulf and promising […]

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Cow and Boy is not Calvin and Hobbes, but…

| January 31, 2007 | 6 Replies
Cow and Boy is not Calvin and Hobbes, but…

This Comic strip often takes a pointed view of popular perceptions. For example, today’s Cow and Boy strip: This seems all too familiar. One side framing an issue for debate, and the other sidestepping the frame because it doesn’t fit their world-view. We see a lot of this out in the blogosphere, and in the […]

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Politicians are psychologically wired up for war

| January 31, 2007 | 3 Replies
Politicians are psychologically wired up for war

Here’s a compelling article by Daniel Kahneman and Jonathan Renshon.  Kahneman is famous for identifying numerous human heuristics and biases in the lab. He received a Nobel prize in economics based on his decades of inspiring work. Renshon is a Harvard doctoral student. In this article, the authors note that many built-in human heuristics and biases lead […]

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