Sunday Afternoon Links

Soon I’m going to run out of days of the week and times of the day. I’m debating with myself whether I should move to titles like “15th of the Month Links” or like “Sunday Afternoon Blog Roundup.” If you have any thoughts on this, feel free to post them.

Olvlzl found a study that asks people whether they have cheated on tests, stolen from stores, and so on. The results aren’t very good: “Sixty percent of American high school students cheated on a test, 28 percent admitted stealing from a store and 23 percent said they stole from a parent or other relative, according to a national study in which the students also gave themselves high marks for ethical behavior… Twenty-seven percent of those surveyed said they lied on at least one of the questions.”

Morgan at 3QD links to a book review of Second Nature, a book that uses recent developments in neuroscience to argue for a naturalized epistemology. Although naturalized epistemology isn’t a particularly new idea (see for example Lindsay’s essay on the subject), the incorporation into it of cutting-edge neurological research based on MRI scans of people engaged in specific mental activities is.

Gordo’s headlines feature, which links to about ten headlines every day while copying short excerpts and/or making short commentary, continues churning up good material. Agricultural subsidies in the entire developed world are out of control (when farmers in Indiana become as poor as farmers in Costa Rica, I’ll support domestic farm aid). In fact, piecemeal Congressional legislation ensures that farmers sometimes get aid twice: “The result is that farmers often get paid twice by the government for the same disaster, once in subsidized insurance and then again in disaster assistance.”

Ali Eteraz writes about the Islamist coup plot in Pakistan. It’s far from the first attempt on Musharraf’s life, and it probably won’t be the last; essentially, Musharraf is a pro-American ruler sitting on a fairly anti-American establishment that likes the Taliban more than the US. Ali explains how a successful Islamist coup in Pakistan would nonetheless be more relevant domestically than internationally, and could even set Sunni Islamists against Shi’a Islamists.

4 Responses to Sunday Afternoon Links

  1. gordo says:

    I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to know that SOMEONE is at least looking through the headlines section. I understand that it’s not a format that invites comment, but when a post of mine doesn’t draw comments, I’m always afraid that it isn’t being read.

  2. Alon Levy says:

    Oh, they all are being read, I presume. My traffic stats are filled with posts that don’t draw comments; they don’t have many hits – people who don’t comment have no reason to click the link instead of read them on the front page – but they’ll get a couple.

  3. suzie says:

    Instead of just times of the day, why not cross categorize with moods, like “seasonal affective disorder round-up part 1” or “i’m really crabby right now” or “post-date drunken debauch”.

    seriously. The other face of Alon Levy.

    naturalized epistemology: is that like Ruth Millikan?
    i’ll click on the link as soon as i have a second…that’s the prob with link roundups is that you click to read someone’s blog and then you find that you’ve committed to read like 10 others….however, fascinating stuff, obviously and thanks for summarizing.

  4. Alon Levy says:

    Actually, I thought about it. But then I’d have to provide too much context – for example, I seriously considered writing something like “Bailing-on-a-Party Links,” but then I’d have to explain what the party was and why I wasn’t going.

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