Monday, October 29, 2012

Links and Notes

Still on the busy side of things. In the meantime...

* David Biespel links to Pound, Yeats, and Dylan reading their poetry.

* Rob Knopp has a lovely post on the Higgs mechanism -- what it means, why it's important -- quite readable. He also had a good post this summer on common misconceptions about special relativity.

* Roderick Long discusses Ayn Rand's Anthem

* John Mikhail, Moral Grammar and Human Rights (PDF)

* Hadley Arkes, Is Religious Freedom a "Natural Right"?

* Michael Dominic O'Connor, OP, discusses Augustine's theory of preaching.

* Michael Flynn on truth, fact, and faith.

* Lillian Gilbreth and the invention of the modern kitchen (ht)

* Martha Nussbaum on the difficulties of social protest narratives.

* Derek Muller reviews a book defending the Electoral College. I'll definitely have to read it; apparently the author, Tara Ross, notes the voter eligibility issues with NPV that I've mentioned here, but also makes an argument on ballot eligibility, which is an interesting one of which I hadn't thought. Likewise, she notes a weakness in NPV that is commonly overlooked -- interstate activity is subject to regulation by Congress and interstate compacts often require Congressional consent; it is not, in other words, simply a matter of state legislatures choosing to opt in, as it is often treated, since it's an open Constitutional question whether states can, in fact, engage in this kind of legislation without Congressional authorization.


  1. Dave M3:05 PM

    I read Anthem in high school, and it remains to this day the single stupidest thing I have ever read.

  2. branemrys3:56 PM

    Structurally it's a more inventive story than, say, Zamyatin's We, which influenced it and with which it shares a subgenre of science fiction; the deliberate rewriting of the Allegory of the Cave is quite clever; and I think it actually holds its own pretty well against other science fiction novellas, both  in style and substance. It's smarter than anything Kurt Vonnegut wrote, for instance; 

  3. Aron Wall11:56 AM

    The electoral college link seems to go to the wrong place.

  4. branemrys12:48 PM

    Thanks; it should be fixed now.

  5. MrsDarwin9:01 AM

    The article on Lillian Gilbreth was delightful. One of my favorite episodes in Belles on Their Toes is when Mother (who couldn't cook, as the article points out) has a crew in to film her baking in the family's "efficiency kitchen" -- which requires sending the crochety cook out for the day so that the Gilbreth's Victorian-Era kitchen can be completely rearranged. My own kitchen is not arranged on Gilbreth principles, and the impracticality of it is sometimes wearing.

    Also, I admire this quote: “We considered our time too valuable to be devoted to actual labor in the home. We were executives.” Too bad one requires servants to be able to deal with the practical implications of this mindset.

  6. branemrys2:58 PM

    Belles on Their Toes is one of those books I want to read but never have had the chance; I always enjoyed Cheaper by the Dozen.


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