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A Pragmatist's Take

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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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Obsolete Guesstimates Keeping Businesses Closed
May 28, 2020 12:50 am
Comments: 15 | Views: 2,123

If you had a mathematic model that produced the same result despite substantial changes in crucial parameters, would you use it in important policy decisions? Apparently... More
Restarting an economy: points to ponder from history
May 14, 2020 4:49 am
Comments: 6 | Views: 1,634

When and how fast to reopen the economy is a controversial issue. Reopening will become increasingly difficult with time because there are more opportunities for... More
Spotting non-false fabrications in the news: Coronavirus-Origins as example
May 5, 2020 12:21 am
Comments: 14 | Views: 4,763

How to assess the credibility of a "news" story? After dismissing those whose vocabulary and structure clearly mark them as advocacy -- selling a particular... More
Confusing a means-to-an-end with being the goal -- Shelter-in-Place
Apr 23, 2020 3:19 am
Comments: 38 | Views: 4,028

A common problem in carrying out plans is to become so focused on your part of the plan that you think of it as a goal. As a goal, it is immutable, whereas you should... More
Open Letter to SCC Public Health on excessive restrictions, esp Nurseries
Apr 18, 2020 3:58 am
Comments: 52 | Views: 7,429

I was shocked to see (garden) nurseries become delivery-only businesses in recent update of the Shelter-In-Place (SIP) Order (^... More
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