Sleep-deprivation roundup

I’ve been visiting a bit with my inner empiricist by taking a 2-week soc department methods intensive (featuring fun stuff like data visualization, agent-based modeling, screen-scraping, etc.). Unfortunately, it starts at 10 am, and I don’t really sleep before the middle of the night, so I’ve had progressively increasing sleep deprivation. The karaoke bar last night didn’t help.

This means my attention span is just right for a short roundup.

1. So go read a really interesting post about burdens of proof in practical ethics.

2. Or a marvelous (as usual) Legal Theory Lexicon on causation. The correct theory of causation is implicated.

3. Katherine Sharpe in n+1 on online dating. It is entitled “Scattershot, Desperate, and Sleazy.”

4. A new blog on law and neuroscience.

5. Jeff on the fuzzy border between jazz and funk.

6. Procrastination and the illusion of control.

7. A last-minute (October 1) CFP on religious toleration.

8. The dilemmas of atheist parenting. One of the many reasons I shouldn’t be a parent is that I’d probably break out the James Mill parenting style and teach the spawn about evolution from age 4.

Edit: some more items that just showed up:

9. This new book on Hobbes, by Susan Lloyd, sounds quite interesting. Turn off the sound before you click the link, for some reason the page has annoying music.

10. The IAT as cheap-ass lie detector.


7 Responses to “Sleep-deprivation roundup”

  1. eric Says:

    What’s wrong with teaching a 4-year-old about evolution? Like most, mine is completely obsessed with dinosaurs and fossils. It seems perfectly age-appropriate.

    Of course, I may get in trouble for telling him that “god” is “what some people call their imaginary friend” but that he’s better off with an imaginary puppy.

  2. Paul Gowder Says:

    Eric, I insist you do that.

  3. Daniel S. Goldberg Says:

    Jeebus, I should hope I have introduced the topic of evolution to my daughter (20 months) by the time she gets to the age of 4.

  4. Paul Gowder Says:

    Hmm, perhaps I underestimate the intellectual capacity of toddlers. (If they’re so smart, why do they make so many screeching noises and emit so many fluids?)

  5. Daniel S. Goldberg Says:

    Though I am not there yet, I would suggest that 4-year-olds are not toddlers.

    And as for screeching noises and emission of fluids, forgive me for pointing out that I don’t see an especially large difference between juveniles and adults in those matters.

    More seriously, I don’t expect to discuss evolution with a 2-year-old, but given what I have observed in terms of intellectual and emotional development of 4-year-olds, I would indeed expect to have at least the beginnings of that conversation with her.

  6. Michael Drake Says:

    My parents taught me, and look how I turned out. Oh

  7. Michael Drake Says:

    (Taught me about evolution, that is.)

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