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Bryan Caplan: July 2017

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Caplan in Paris

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
I'm speaking in Paris this Thursday for Students for Liberty.  Details here.P.S. Here's what I thought the last time I was in Paris nine years ago.... MORE

How Conscious Is Your Robot?

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Now that I've studied the article that inspired Robin's recent bet, I'm completely flabbergasted by his reaction.  Here's the key figure in the original paper, showing how respondents ranked the mentality of thirteen characters.The Experience factor explains 88% of the... MORE

Murder: A Socratic Dialogue

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Glaucon: Have you heard the news, Socrates?  A scimitar-wielding Persian maniac just cut down three Corinthians in cold blood.Socrates: A ghastly crime.  But why are you telling me? Glaucon: Because it just happened! Socrates: So I gathered. Glaucon: In Corinth!  That's... MORE

Em Bet?

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
After discussing a ten-year-old paper on empirical philosophy of mind, Robin proposes a remarkable bet:I'm also pretty sure that while the "robot" in the study was rated low on experience, that was because it was rated low on capacities like... MORE

Imperialism in A Generation of Materialism

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
I highly recommended Carlton Hayes' A Generation of Materialism, 1871-1900.  It chronicles a great tragedy.  During this period, the economic, technological, and scientific fruits of the Enlightenment reached historic highs.  But intellectual appreciation of the Enlightenment rapidly drowned beneath the... MORE

Statutory Rape and Availability Bias in Virginia

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
My home state of Virginia does not have a Romeo and Juliet law.  If an 18-year-old and a 17-year-old have consensual sex, the 18-year old is guilty of statutory rape.  As a result, I can easily see parents of teenage... MORE

Stop Thinking Like a Tourist

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
The year is 1997.  You visit a lovely rural town in North Dakota.  Population: 3000.  You take a bunch of pictures with your analog camera to treasure the sweet memories.Twenty years later, you return.  The lovely rural town is now... MORE

Minimally Convincing

Economic Methods
Bryan Caplan
Two high-quality studies of the disemployment effects of the minimum wage are getting a lot of attention.  The first looks at Seattle.  Punchline:This paper evaluates the wage, employment, and hours effects of the first and second phase-in of the Seattle... MORE

They Were Terrible

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Suppose you identify with a large, unselective group - a nationality, religion, ethnicity, political party, etc. An historian comes along and shows that this group once committed a monstrous atrocity - say mass murder.  This leaves you with four options.1.... MORE

It's not often that I rise to democracy's defense.  But the last section of an otherwise thoughtful piece by Robin Hanson compels me.  Robin: 3. When people think about changes they'd like in the world one of their first thoughts,... MORE

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