Schelling’s Nobel lecture on game theory

July 25, 2006

I can’t improve on this post, so I’ll just plagiarize it wholesale from University of Illinois College of Law Prof. Thomas S. Ulen’s post at the Law and Econ Prof Blog:

I have been returning to the Nobel website periodically to see if Professor Thomas C. Schelling’s Nobel Prize Lecture (he and Robert Aumann won last October’s Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel) had been posted. It has not yet been, but if you have a broadband connection and RealPlayer, you can listen to and watch Professor Schelling’s marvelous address on the practical significance of game theory in deterring nuclear war. The talk is about 42 minutes long. Click here.                       TSU

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only teacher of economics who is not a master of game theory. I’ve been waiting for the lecture, too. Eventually it will be posted at the Nobel Foundation’s site on the prizes.

Fact-free letters on intelligent design, against evolution and science

July 25, 2006

History is not the sole discipline which faces trouble from screeds in which the facts are wrong. In fact, the history of the idea of biological evolution is rather rife with scientific and history hoaxes, and only a few of them are old. New hoaxes about evolution have formed a cottage industry since the science push of 1957 and 1958.

Recent news told of the research of Dr. Peter R. Grant of Princeton University. Grant and his wife, Dr. B. Rosemary Grant, have conducted groundbreaking studies on a few species of birds in the Galapagos Archipelago — long-term longitudinal studies in which they literally track every member of a species for several dozens of generations so far (the research continues). The Grants and their graduate students published more than a dozen papers on speciation, beginning in the middle 1970s.

Below the fold I reproduce an anti-evolution letter published in the Pasadena, California, Star-News on July 23. Below that I list my response, how I would respond were I a local reader of the paper with a chance of getting a letter published.

Dr. Peter R. Grant, left, and Dr. B. Rosemary Grant, right. Photos from Princeton University.

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