Stanford University press has published the 2nd Edition of Ilya Somin’s Democracy and Political Ignorance. The first edition was an excellent work, with a concise overview of the phenomenon, powerful rebuttals to various “wisdom of the crowd” theories, and a series of plausible proposals for how to reduce the damage political ignorance can do.
A funny post from Eric Schwitzgebel. Excerpt:
I’m highly allergic to shellfish. I’m allergic enough that cross-contamination is an issue: If I’m served something that has been fried on the same surface as shellfish or touched with an implement that has touched shellfish, I will have a minor allergic reaction. Shellfish is so prevalent […]
UPDATE: Make sure to read the comments posted below from Stanley, who claims I’ve misunderstood the thesis of this essay. His comments are entirely reasonable. In re-reading his essay after seeing his clarifying comments, the original essay comes across to me as more polemical than he intended.
Stanley provides a nice summary of what he’s […]
The New York Times reports that automation may be coming to long-distance trucking. Oh, no, think of all the lost jobs! Capitalism’s relentless pursuit of cold hard efficiency will be putting truckers and their families the street.
Still, automating commercial driving is controversial and — potentially — a job killer.
Chapter 2 of my forthcoming book Against Democracy is titled “Ignorant, Irrational, Misinformed Nationalists”. In that chapter, among other things, I review the empirical work on voter knowledge and behavior and establish that most voters are, as you might have guessed, ignorant, irrational, misinformed, and nationalistic.
But a friend’s friend on Facebook yesterday (FWIW, […]
Many people believe for-profit kidney sales are wrong because they think people who save lives ought not be motivated by self-interest.*
There are lots of problems with this thought. Does it imply that competent and skilled surgeons (firefighters, nurses, police officers, EMTs, etc.) who are just in it for the money, or who are significantly motivated […]