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Why I'm writing under a pen name

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If you read Freakonomics back in the day (because 2005 was ten years ago and at the threshold for being considered “back in the day”), you’ll remember there was a chapter on nominative determinism–that is (quoting Wikipedia), “the theory that a person’s name can have a significant role in determining key aspects of job, profession, or even character.” The study focused mainly on racial and socioeconomic factors, but at an aggregate level, it succeeded in highlighting the importance of a person’s name. 814 more words


Elections and Economics

Numbers to Deceive

The unexpected result of the recent British general election set me thinking about statistics, and polls, and how (un)reliable they are – and how people love to lie. 432 more words


Book of the Week: When to Rob a Bank

The authors of Freakonomics and Think Like a Freak turned their blog into a book called When to Rob a Bank. There seems to be a trend of turning blogs into books. 182 more words


This blog post is not about Common Core (chorus: Thank God!)

I’m so over everyone talking about, debating about, whining about Common Core. Don’t worry, like I said, that is NOT what this blog post is about. 2,026 more words


Book Review: Think Like a Freak

“The modern world demands that we all think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally; that we think from a different angle, with a different set of muscles, with a different set of expectations; that we think with neither fear nor favor, with neither blind optimism nor sour skepticism. 320 more words


Blue is the New Orange

I love the beach with the ocean breeze, the white waves and the yellow sand.
I love looking at the clear blue sky where you can see white clouds in many different funny shapes. 163 more words


Happiness Is A Warm Gun

If you’re anything like me, happiness is not something you think about consciously. You take it for granted. I’ve always been of the opinion that happiness is a choice- a function of one’s own mental state, and virtually unrelated to our environment. 796 more words