Caught my eye

1. The Selfish Gene, thirty years later, transcript and audio file.

2. Inside Man.  I’ve been burned by Spike Lee movies too many, oh so many times, but this one is excellent.  It is also a study in game theory and the value of meta-rationality.  While we are on the topic, how did I forget Live and Let Die – the only good Roger Moore James Bond film — on my list of notable movies set in Louisiana?

3. Charles Murray on his new book and plan for welfare reform.  An interesting idea, but can you say "time inconsistency" three times in a row fast?

4. James Surowiecki on why newspapers are not doomed.

5. Don’t expect too much from job retraining.

6. Steve Levitt’s Africa fact of the day, and yes it involves both sex and violence.

7. Stanislaw Lem passes away; could his Solaris be the best science fiction novel ever?  Don’t forget the Tarkovsky film version either.


I thought Lem hated Tarkovsky's film and I agree the two don't really match well. Which one do you favor?

Solaris the best science fiction novel ever? Please.

Ender's Game heads a list of about 20 other books I'd place before even considering it.

I like Ender's Game, that coment is nevertheless crazy. On the post, I don't think anyone would argue that Lee is consistenly good, but given how good 25th Hour was, surely it wasn't in doubt that he still had the ability to make a great film, which I agree Inside Man is.

Jodie is rarely in a stinker

Perhaps not if banks accepted the prospective windfalls as (explicit or implicit) collateral for teenage borrowing - then the kids'd be forced to get jobs aged 21 to pay back their debts...

If not, i wonder how many people turn 21 every year. enough to cause an inflationary tidal wave when it first kicked in?

Charles Murray proposes that the feds give Bill Gates $10K a year, and he's some kinda pundit?

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