Thursday Throughput


Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He is on Twitter, blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.

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5 Responses

  1. Avatar Brandon Berg says:

    I’ve always taken “dark” to be metaphorical. Until relatively recently, we had no idea what was on the other side (more of the same, of course, but specifically), so it was a mystery. We knew it existed, but not the details. Like dark matter, dark energy, dark money, the Dark Ages, the Dark Continent, a dark horse, etc.Report

  2. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    Tt6: Gotta give you Astronomers credit for constantly dreaming up new ways to learn about objects you can’t observe directly.Report

  3. Avatar James K says:

    The problem I see with a decent amount of “Rationalia” advocacy is that it tends to be pretty shallow. Perhaps because the bulk of its advocates are physical scientists they aren’t used to dealing with concepts like the is-ought gap and the diversity of human preferences.

    I think there’s a lot of scope to make our government more rational though. Not just in taking facts more seriously (which as you note is a bipartisan problem), but in doing a better job of testing whether policies are working as they were originally intended (if your government is like mine you already have employees with the right skills who’d be thrilled to help).

    Also a rational government would be one that used a rational framework for addressing policy problems, such as Market Failure Economics.Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

      This is what government needs, a constitutional requirement that new policies include a test suite. If you can’t imagine how a program would fail, and how to test for that, you can’t pass new legislation!Report