04 Jan, 2013
As an American living abroad, the Newtown shooting reminds me of the unnecessary fear that guns bring with them.
"Discussion stopped abruptly when we heard earsplitting pops and bangs coming from the floor above our classroom in Berkey Hall. For a moment we paused to look at one another, each wanting to be sure that he or she was not alone in thinking that our lives were in danger."
29 Nov, 2012
The real lesson to take from history is that the causes of pivotal historical events are almost entirely unpredictable, or worse, unknowable.
"‘Ali Bey sent another trusted general, Muhammad Bey, with 35,000 troops to finish the job. Unpredictability struck again."
20 Nov, 2012
Problems in economic growth, proposed solutions, and why they failed. A summary of the economist William Easterly
"The evidence, however, shows that none of these solutions can be pointed to as drivers of growth in the developing world."