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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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About this blog: Real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. I stumbled across this insight as a teenager (in the 1960s). As a grad student, I belonged to an org...  (More)

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Public Discourse: Inverted Totalitarianism, Threshold Models and Cell Phones
Feb 21, 2016 1:56 am
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Online discussions are an important part of public discourse even for people who don't participate directly. Much of what they hear from others may have come from... More
Pet Hair for the Birds (Nests)
Feb 16, 2016 6:41 pm
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The increased chirping of birds signals that nest-building is close at hand. Birds can have problems finding suitable materials in a too-manicured suburban environment.... More
Flint Michigan disaster: Unusual only in its severity
Feb 14, 2016 1:53 am
Comments: 14 | Views: 2,123

Teaser: The Flint Michigan disaster involves most notably lead poisoning, which causes serious permanent health damages, especially to children. The immediate... More
Groundhog Day: Dis-embellishing a Multilevel Proxy
Feb 2, 2016 4:58 pm
Comments: 2 | Views: 1,160

The Groundhog Day folklore provides a useful exercise in separating embellishments from the core of a story, for example... More
How history should be taught: Connections to the present
Jan 16, 2016 1:41 am
Comments: 16 | Views: 5,100

The admonition "Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat it" (many variations) is ignored in the traditional teaching... More
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