Crandall & Winston on financial regulation

Lynne Kiesling My thanks to Arnold Kling for the link to this October Forbes article from Robert Crandall and Clifford Winston remarking on financial regulation. They point out, correctly, that the re-examination and soul searching about macroeconomics in which we are currently engaged overlooks the great insights and policy successes that microeconomics-based deregulation have brought … More Crandall & Winston on financial regulation

Sarewitz/Thernstrom LA Times op-ed on leaked climate research documents

Lynne Kiesling I am blissfully on vacation this week in Maui (biking, diving, snorkeling, swimming, and not spending time on the Internet), but did check in briefly this afternoon. For those of you interested in keeping up with the “politicization of science” and bastardization of the scientific method aspect of it that angers me the … More Sarewitz/Thernstrom LA Times op-ed on leaked climate research documents

National Research Council says benefits from plug-in hybrid vehicles decades away

Michael Giberson The National Research Council has issued a study examining the costs and benefits of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and concluding that it will likely be decades before such vehicles yield benefits to overcome their higher initial costs.  From the press release: Costs of plug-in hybrid electric cars are high — largely due to … More National Research Council says benefits from plug-in hybrid vehicles decades away

Is our morality derived from our biology?

Lynne Kiesling Recently I found a striking essay from Marc Hauser, an evolutionary psychologist at Harvard who works in cognitive neuroscience. In this essay at Edge, Hauser argues that our biology is the source of our moral sense. Recent discoveries suggest that all humans, young and old, male and female, conservative and liberal, living in … More Is our morality derived from our biology?