Education

On Private Funding for GMU Econ and Mercatus

Tweet Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal had four excellent letters on the trumped-up ‘scandal’ over the funding that GMU Econ and GMU’s Mercatus Center receive from private donors.  Here are two of these letters: Of the thousands of policy briefings I’ve […]

Eric R. Weinstein, as he exists in the observerse

There’s been so much back and forth about Eric Weinstein (Wikipedia here) on Twitter lately, mostly because he was identified by Bari Weiss in the NYT as belonging to an “intellectual dark web.” I first met Eric at a Victor Niederhoffer Junto event in New York City, and I have kept in touch with him over […]
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How do people actually behave when faced with trolley problems?

The poor mice!: Scholars have been using hypothetical dilemmas to investigate moral decision making for decades. However, whether people’s responses to these dilemmas truly reflect the decisions they would make in real life is unclear. In the current study, participants had to make the real-life decision to administer an electroshock (that they did not know […]
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