Yes, it’s over.
In retrospect, when rationalizing and all that, I’m not all that surprized that something like this has happened. After all, if he were to continue his blogging as usual, he would end up in jail in a relatively short amount of time. Who made me aware of this fact? He did. Even if a lot of people delude themselves into thinking that they are, no one is too smart to go to jail, and Sam knows this. He has also expressed some of his doubts, indirectly, several times lately.
I certainly do not think any less of him for doing this. But it is sad, and I will miss visiting his blog. Sam is quite unique.
A small consolation: Lars Hvidberg has started blogging again.
This new working paper from nber looks interesting, especially for the non-Danish readers of this blog who don’t know much, if anything, about the Danish labour market.
I have not been able to find a free online version of it, but I would assume that it is not fundamentally different from the 2004-version of the same (?) paper, which is available here.
The concluding remarks to the 2004 paper:
[...] the institutional setup of the Danish labor markets differs from that found in most other European countries, but also from that in the neighboring Nordic countries, in that it has removed a number of barriers to mobility. This is in a sense only natural because for a long time, almost a century, Danish wage setting has been highly centralized and furthermore characterized a very compressed wage structure, leaving only limited scope for employers to adjust to changed labor market conditions via wages. Worker mobility is indeed high. We show
that despite high turnover rates, a considerable portion of workers are in long-term employment relationships. However, the share of long-term jobs is found to be lower than in the United States.
Second, the ongoing process towards increasingly decentralized wage bargaining and wage setting, starting in the second half of the eighties, has given rise to an increase, albeit of relatively modest magnitude, in the dispersion of wages. The widening wage distribution seems to be mainly due to increasing wage differentials between firms, not within. In parallel, the level and between-firm variance in returns to human capital have increased. The shift to decentralized wage bargaining has coincided with deregulation and increased product market competition. The evidence appears not to be consisten with increased product market competition eroding firm-specific rents, however.
The bold part of the quote above are exactly the same words as those used in the abstract to the new 2007 paper, which is one of the reasons I doubt there’s much new revolutionary stuff to be found here compared to the older paper.
Table 4, which illustrate that the estimated returns to education (the authors call it “skill”, which I find somewhat problematic) has almost doubled during the period, is perhaps worth a blog post of its own.
…when defending your phd.
Some of them made me smile. A lot more along the same lines here.
Hvis jeg sagde at jeg var overrasket, ville jeg lyve.
Det eneste positive jeg kan se ved den her sag er, at sagsanlægget måske vil få nogle til at overveje, om racismeparagraffen er “værd” at bevare. Måske vil enkelte ligefrem blive så skeptiske, at de også vil begynde at tvivle på det fornuftige i at have en paragraf, som er så åben for fortolkninger, at den reelt vil kunne konstituere et forbud mod at udøve religionskritik?
Nah, hvorfor drømme?
Vi har jo her i landet en vidtgående ytringsfrihed, og der skal være frihed til, at den enkelte kan ytre sine synspunkter, siger Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
Hvad blev der af den der med “frihed under ansvar”?
Det er faktisk kun et år siden Fogh sagde klart og tydeligt, at “den danske regering fordømmer ethvert udtryk og enhver handling som krænker folks religiøse følelser“. Hvis ikke en fordømmelse er på sin plads her, så ved jeg snart ikke. At sidestille tørklæder og nazisymboler er vel værre end at tegne et par karikaturtegninger, right?
Hvis Fogh vitterligt mener, at “der skal være frihed til, at den enkelte kan ytre sine sysnpunkter”, hvorfor har han så ikke gjort noget for at ændre lovgivningen for at sikre dette? Som det er i dag, kan man som bekendt stadig smides i fængsel for for at sige sin mening?
Statsministeren er vist forvirret…
Yesterday, I played a couple of blitz games on playchess. In one of the games, the above position was reached, and my opponent (black) in time trouble played …Qd2?? Before reading on, try to figure out what’s wrong with this move?
Now, the move is of course objectively bad, as it leads to mate. My response was: Nf6+ … Kh8, Qb1+ … Rc8, Qxc8! … Bxc8, Re8++
This mate, despite it’s simplicity, had almost everything! Queen sac, overburdened pieces, removing the guard, line clearance, a tied pawn. Such a mate is not common in blitz games for people of my strength, so I shall allow myself to feel a certain amount of pride that I found the combination with only 15 seconds left on the clock.
Here, here, here, here and here (a couple of them overlap a little, but this should not stop you from seeing all of them). A little more here. They are, just like almost everything else these guys have made together, priceless. Includes a new version of The Little Red Ridinghood folktale, yet another unforgettable restaurant-scene and coverage of a marathon for incontinent people
All actors speak in German, it is not a dubbed version. The videos all have English subtitles, making them a little easier to understand.
Thanks to Tyler Cowen for the pointer.
Do not do unto others as you would have them do unto you. They may have different tastes.
The quote is attributed George Bernard Shaw and I found it here.
I wonder what Kant would say to that?
After visiting marginalrevolution, this response from Cowen to a question from a reader deserves mentioning as well:
[question] Do we need the tenure system anymore in higher education?
[Tyler's response]: I do.
Some things to think about:
1. Neither Jesus nor Mohammed are on the list (and Confucius is not on the list either).
Not that I’m comparing or anything, but neither are Hitler, Mao or Stalin.
Alexander Fleming also did not make it to the list and neither did Charles Darwin.
As one of the commenters at MR also notices, the list have included no ancient greeks.
From an economical/political point of view, it is interesting that Alexander Hamilton, Adam Smith and Karl Marx are not on the list.
2. Bruce Lee (#37) is considered far more important than Newton, who only just manages to make it to the list (#99).
3. Anne Frank is on this list. One of history’s most important people? Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Arthur Conan Doyle and Charlie Chaplin are on the list as well. Babe Ruth is on the list. Hell, even Freddie Mercury made it to the list.
4. Mozart is considered more important than Beethoven. Beethoven is considered more important than Chopin. I’m not sure I would have included three musicians (4 if you include John Lennon, I have not thoroughly checked if there are any more of them) on such a list, but given that they have, these three are not bad choises.
5. Half of the American presidents on the list were assasinated.
6. No Danes are on the list. I guess Roemer and Bohr were not considered important enough.
Peculiar fact (yes – I was going to call it a “fun” fact but I changed my mind):
How to measure importance?
There is always something to be grateful for:
“We thank God that our enemies are idiots”
Who said this?
Eliezer Yudkowsky is usually worth reading and this post is certainly no exception. An exerpt:
The bias-variance decomposition applies to the luminosity of fireflies treated as estimates, just as much as a group of expert opinions. This tells you that you are not dealing with a causal description of how the world works – there are not necessarily any causal quantities, things-in-the-world, that correspond to “collective error” or “prediction diversity”. The bias-variance decomposition is not about modesty, communication, sharing of evidence, tolerating different opinions, humbling yourself, overconfidence, or group compromise. It’s an algebraic tautology that holds whenever its quantities are defined consistently, even if they refer to the silicon content of pebbles.
This post also got me thinking.
Terrorisme gør regeringer mere ustabile og underminerer frihedsrettighederne. Nej, måske er det ikke nogen nyhed, men nu har videnskaben for første gang forsøgt at dokumentere det. Resultatet overrasker ikke.
I think we should all wince when we hear a small child being labelled as belonging to some particular religion or another. Small children are too young to decide their views on the origins of the cosmos, of life and of morals. The very sound of the phrase “Christian child” or “Muslim child” should grate like fingernails on a blackboard.
The quote is from Dawkins, The God Delusion, which I have mentioned earlier. I find this point very, very important. Even if the first best, a god-less society altogether, is not attainable, to make the not completely brainwashed religious people realize that children and religion do not, and should not, mix, is a fair second best. The unmixing of religion and children is a very important part of the process of derelusioning society (the term relusion is coined in the book and it is a term I shall use in the future – it is of course a combination of the words religion and delusion).
Of course, to a lot of religious people this line of reasoning can be discarded without further ado. If you have already convinced yourself that unless you brainwash your children and impose on them your own religious views, your son and daughter will both burn up in hell, the argument is irrelevant. Religion does indeed have all the answers.
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