Samir’s Selection 08/13/2013 (p.m.)
A Black Hole Mystery Wrapped in a Firewall Paradox – NYTimes.com
The Neural Basis of Free Will: Criterial Causation by Peter Ulric Tse (MIT Press, 2013) | Illusion Chasers, Scientific American Blog Network
Paternalism and the English language: Nudge, nudge | The Economist
“Helping others make good decisions by pointing them in the direction they want to go is called “being helpful”, and has nothing to do with paternalism.
Paternalism has to do with making people go in a direction they don’t want to go. The gist of paternalism is that it takes away choices other people think are bad for us to make. By definition, “choice-preserving” policy is not paternalistic policy. By definition, paternalistic policy is not libertarian. If “libertarian paternalism” is stipulated to be a programme of “choice-preserving decision architecture”, to use Messrs Sunstein and Thaler’s barbaric jargon, then “libertarian paternalism” is nothing but a profoundly confusing, completely superfluous synonym for anti-paternalism. In that case, there can be no debate between the “libertarian paternalist” and the anti-paternalist, and one side cannot win it “in theory”, while the other side comes out ahead “empirically”. “
Abuse of language that keeps going forward – FT.com
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