Essays On The Scottish Enlightenment

Lynne Kiesling Over at Two Blowhards, Michael has a really nice and informative post on the Scottish Enlightenment, and its contrast with the French Enlightenment: My hunch about why we feel the post-Enlightenment pinch as acutely as we do is that the Enlightenment most of us know is the French Enlightenment. And those French, forever … More Essays On The Scottish EnlightenmentMore Essays On The Scottish Enlightenment

Tit-For-Tat Ain’t Dead

Michael Giberson Ever since I saw a note about it on Transterrestrial Musings a week ago, I’ve been meaning to write about the Prisoners’ Dilemma tournament organized at the University of Nottingham. For some 20 years, the simple tit-for-tat strategy has reigned as champion over all comers in iterated prisoners’ dilemma games. As Wired describes … More Tit-For-Tat Ain’t DeadMore Tit-For-Tat Ain’t Dead

What I Learned About Energy Use In The Us From My Students

Lynne Kiesling I asked my freshman seminar to write an essay about energy use in the US in the past 50 years based on this EIA data table showing GDP in 2000 dollars, energy consumption in BTUs, population, and other stuff. Here’s what I (and they) learned from the experience. Total energy consumption in the … More What I Learned About Energy Use In The Us From My StudentsMore What I Learned About Energy Use In The Us From My Students