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Bryan Caplan: October 2016

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Yet Another Reply to Huemer on the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
At risk of taxing readers' patience, here's my rejoinder to Mike Huemer's last guest post on the ethical treatment of animals.  He's in blockquotes, I'm not.My main reactions:I. The argument from insects has too many controversial assumptions to be useful.... MORE

My former colleague Robert Tollison has passed away.  I still remember the tour of Carow Hall he gave me when I was interviewing in 1997.  Though we only overlapped at GMU for one year, he was an unforgettable personality.  My... MORE

Elections Are Surveys: The Case of AIP

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
My Myth of the Rational Voter argues that elections are surveys.  The essence of a survey is that you state an opinion, secure in the knowledge that your stated opinion is non-binding.  While there remains an off-chance your vote changes... MORE

The Huemer Graph

Bryan Caplan
The latest reply from Mike Huemer on the ethical treatment of animals, this time with a cool graph.Bryan Caplan posted this further comment on animal welfare arguments on his blog. I didn't have time to address this earlier (partly because... MORE

I Want to Know How the Transporter Works

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
In our debate, Robin bemusedly observed that I'm one of those odd people who wouldn't step into a Star Trek transporter.  My actual view is more moderate: Before I'd use the transporter, I'd like to know how it works. Does... MORE

Huemer's "Answer to Searle on the Mind-Body Problem"

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
Just posted the last item in my lost works of Michael Huemer series.  In this essay, Huemer critiques the great John Searle's strange attempt to avoid both eliminative materialism and dualism.P.S. If philosophy of mind strikes you as very far... MORE

Against Robotic Panic

Growth: Consequences
Bryan Caplan
Monday I debated Robin Hanson for the Soho Forum on the following resolution:"Robots will eventually dominate the world and eliminate human abilities to earn wages."Video will be available eventually, but you can enjoy my slides (in pdf format) now.The main... MORE

The Pride of Homeschooling

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
I finally got my hands on the script for Captain Fantastic, and can now share my favorite scene.  Subtle it's not, but for me, awesome always beats subtle.  The stage: Homeschooling dad Captain Fantastic and his six kids are visiting... MORE

Hanson-Caplan Robot Debate this Monday in NYC

Growth: Consequences
Bryan Caplan
Right after Mike Huemer speaks at GMU on Monday, I'm rushing to New York City to debate Robin Hanson on the resolution, "Robots will eventually dominate the world and eliminate human abilities to earn wages."  As you might expect, Robin's... MORE

The one and only Michael Huemer is speaking at the Public Choice Seminar at noon on MONDAY (not the usual Wednesday) on his new paper, "The Devil's Advocate."  My continuing disagreements with Mike on the ethical treatment of animals notwithstanding,... MORE

Further Reply to Huemer on the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
The conversation continues.  Huemer's in blockquotes, I'm not.My response to Bryan Caplan, on the ethical treatment of animals:As far as I understand it, Bryan's argument is something like this:1. Killing bugs isn't wrong. Sub-argument:1a. Even animal rights advocates don't think... MORE

Huemer Replies on the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Cost-benefit Analysis
Bryan Caplan
Guest post by Mike Huemer begins... now.My response to Bryan Caplan, on the ethical treatment of animals: As far as I understand it, Bryan's argument is something like this: 1. Killing bugs isn't wrong. Sub-argument: 1a. Even animal rights advocates... MORE

Reply to Huemer on Ethical Treatment of Animals (including Bugs)

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Here's my reply to Mike Huemer's reply to my challenge to animal rights.  Huemer's in blockqutes, I'm not. I don't think the best way of determining whether x is true is by seeing whether x-advocates are hypocritical or morally flawed.I... MORE

Schneider's The Deadly Sins

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
This Wednesday, former EconLog blogger James Schneider is coming to GMU to present a draft of his amazing new book, The Deadly Sins: An Exploration of Behavioral Health Economics.  Schneider, a true polymath, interweaves research in economics, medicine, and psychology... MORE

Michigan State Debate

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
Tomorrow I'm debating the Center for Immigration Studies' Stanley Renson on "Open versus Closed Borders" at Michigan State.  Details here.  Hope to see you there!... MORE

All Roads Lead to Open Borders: A Caplan/Weinersmith Collaboration

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
I am overjoyed to announce that I will be collaborating with famed artist Zach Weinersmith, best known for Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.  Our project, tentatively titled All Roads Lead to Open Borders, is a non-fiction graphic novel on the philosophy... MORE

Mike Huemer, my favorite philosopher, responded to yesterday's post on Facebook.  Huemer's words, reprinted with his permission:I don't think the best way of determining whether x is true is by seeing whether x-advocates are hypocritical or morally flawed. (Btw, on... MORE

Bugs

Cost-benefit Analysis
Bryan Caplan
The most compelling objection to animal rights, to my mind, has long been... bugs.  Bugs are animals.  Every human being directly kills bugs just by walking - and indirectly kills bugs by renting and buying constructed housing.  Yet I've never... MORE

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