Take No Prisoners

Monthly Archives: March 2011

When Ethics Committees Kill

Excellent piece on Bad Science about how ethics committees lead to real deaths of real patients due to delays and status quo effects.

The Number One Sign of Trouble in Japan

Political philosopher H. L. Mencken said “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins.” However, politicians do not want people to get so alarmed that they panic, stop going to work, riot or try […]

8 Ways Universities Disrupt Social Mobility

In a free society, being born poor should not stop an intelligent, capable, hard-working person from becoming prosperous. Social mobility refers to the capacity for people born in a lower social class to transition to a higher social class during their lives. Industries that have historically improved social mobility include professional sports and universities. These […]