Tag Archive for Science

Quick Book Review: The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

I just finished reading The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley. It certainly seems like Matt Ridley is the intellectual heir to Julian Simon. Ridley makes a strong case that not only aren’t things that bad, there’s historically quite good, and the prospects…

Why The Rise In Autism and Food Allergies?

Matt Ridley‘s idea here is definitely provocative, but I can’t help think there might very well be something to it. Matt Ridley on ‘An Epidemic of Absence’ – WSJ.com: Your great-grandparents faced infectious diseases that hardly threaten you today: tuberculosis, polio,…

Global Warming, Science, and Public Policy

Another good one from Steven Horwitz. This is a fantastic and brief read. In short, he makes two points: 1. You can concede that global warming is happening, and still have a legitimate disagreement over the popularly prescribed solutions. Disagreeing…

The Body Count of Rice Red Tape

This is nothing less than disgraceful. Matt Ridley on the Copenhagen Consensus, Rice and Red Tape – WSJ.com: The evidence for micronutrients has been getting stronger. Studies from Guatemala, following up children for 30 years, find that good early nutrition…

It’s Not A Delicate Balance

Another gem from Matt Ridley. Ecology and Change: Nature Has No ‘Balance’ for Us to Keep – Mind & Matter – WSJ.com: Academic ecologists have abandoned such a static way of thinking for something much more dynamic. For a start,…

Evidence of Progress – Genome Style

Quoting Maria Popova … “The human genome took 10 years and $2.7 billion to sequence, and now a $900 technology can do it in 15 minutes.” — Maria Popova To wit. Where we came from: 10 YEARS: The amount of…

Did Bees Solve the Travelling Salesman Problem?

The travelling salesman problem is one of the legendary problems in computer science.  [Update 03.06.12: via John D. Cook: “We have an embarrassment of computational riches when we can solve traveling salesmen problems on a phone.”] And it looks like…