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#2: Assume a 10 levels building. If the button is 30ft away in all floors, is this really an improvement?

#2 thankfully they didn't just move the elevators farther away from the rooms

4: I was going to post "and also racism!" just to be snarky, but then I made the foolish mistake of clicking on the link.

And then I saw right at the top of the page, that yes of course, it is indeed also racism.

You just cannot out-parody these people.

Because the first 70 years of childhood are the hardest.

plus one. Adults realize that nobody will be astonished at our gifts, and live their lives accordingly.

Although the article is framed in a polarizing way on this site, to encourage a reflexive "no" according to betteridge's law of headlines, at it's base the article discusses the barriers many face in making full time writer their first career. Unlike mathematicians, it's generally acknowledged that writers peak later, in their 50s or beyond. And the solution the author proposes is simple:

The good news is that it’s so easy to replace the word “young” with “new”. If you run a prize or scheme, be a hero: with just one word changed, a whole wall disappears. Do it, do it today.

Ism speak isn't for everyone, but imagine if you had to be under 30 to win the Noebel prize, or the Field's medal. That wouldn't make any sense...

and race and LGBT and class and disability...intersectionality...yada yada yada.....zzz.

#1 - The Cure For Insomnia @ only $95.06.

#4- So?
The world is developing quite a resistance to this form of abuse from the intersectionalists.

6. "Nudges always respect, and often promote, human agency"

That has always been self-evident to me. I was always confounded by those who responded to a "nudge" with "we reject government mandate." It never was mandate.

Perhaps you just needed enough self-confidence in the first place, to recognize your own agency.

It would be more persuasive, perhaps, if Cass Sunstein and other fans of nudges were also to bring up and discuss various cases where explicit government mandates are or have been used but ought to be replaced by nudges-- even if slightly less effective, because of the importance of one's agency and freedom and all that, but also sometimes for being more effective. It would avoid the misconception (one hopes) that nudges are a one-way ratchet, a compromise from someone who truly wishes for explicit government mandates but is settling for a nudge due to opposition. Discussion of the superiority of SOX and NOX trading to command and control regulation, for instance, or of catch shares versus quotas, that sort of thing.

(Naturally, conversely libertarians who suggest nudges to replace current explicit government mandates are suspected of truly favoring no regulation or nudges whatsoever, and in fact, in both cases, some suspicion is no doubt reasonable.)

“Nudges always respect, and often promote, human agency”

Hmm. The practice of forcing a woman to view an ultrasound before getting an abortion, but still allowing the abortion, would have to be described as a nudge, yes? And yet I do believe many people view the practice as neither respecting nor promoting human agency.

#5. I wonder if anyone has evaluated such a dramatic change in food source as potentially exposing us to a whole new set of pathogens? It's well established that farms and stockyards amplify cross-species pathogen transmission. Having bug farms, and bug processing plants just seems asking for trouble...

"Small steps toward a much better world." Does that mean small steps that *guarantee* a much better world? Then why call them *small*? Does it mean small steps that make a much better world more probable than not (with a probability > 0.5)? Then they are not necessarily to be applauded (if the probability is also only slightly less than 0.5 that the world will be much, much worse). But maybe it just means steps (the qualifier "small" being redundant) that make the world slightly better. In that case it is poorly worded.

#2 Photographic trick. The elevators for the front button are out of sight. The distant elevators have their own button.

#5 I had eaten the promotional mealworm waffle from the Economist mag.

A large dose of vinegar killed any other taste sensations.

One often wonders: there have been, let's say, forty interesting academic people who have won a Nobel Prize for economics (and how one wishes at least one had declined the prize - no such luck, at least not yet). Eugene Fama is one of the more interesting ones (Take my word for it, I could talk for hours about which economic stars were engaged with the real world, the way all of us want our friends to be, and which were simply bonnes eleves - good students, as Mandelbrot, of all people, circularly understood, might have said). I don't have the endless energy it might take to explain how someone like Professor Fama has seen the world, if I did have that level of energy I might not have to work as an accountant to pay the bills (hmm - was that a joke?). God loves us all, and as much as we might want to make fun of economists (not me, I for one think that in the Adam Sandler universe = taking Sandler as the relative Einstein in that universe = the Rpb Schneiders are the ones who understand reality in a true way). My favorite economist of all time is, to tell the truth, that guy in the David Copperfield novel (dream about it, you won't regret it) who said something like "income of 5 thousand shillings, expenses of 4,000 - wonderful - income of 5 thousand shillings, expenses of 5 thousand and ten - disaster." Remember, if "Nobody" loves "Anybody", "Anybody" can still claim to have been loved. Not by nobody, my friends, but by "Nobody." We all pray that God will protect our sons and daughters. Cor ad cor loquitur. God loves us all but loves us too much to let us stay that way. Espresso. Moths in the twilight, Palo Verde, 2 decades ago - moths in the twilight are like butterflies in sunlight, but with the differences one would expect, Old Phone Man, Lucianne. I remember.

Re #5: Well, tastes and taboos change. The writers of the Old Testament considered shellfish so disgusting and disease-ridden that they directed anyone whose kitchen had been used to cook them to smash into bits their oven and all their crockery. But somehow I doubt any land-bug dish could ever be as tempting as scampi.

Nudges are the basis of political fraud.

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