If political scientists couldn’t predict the downfall of the Soviet Union—perhaps the most important event in the latter half of the twentieth century—then what exactly were they good for?
Shakespeare's plays often turn on the idea of fate, as much drama does. What makes them so tragic is the gap between what his characters might like to accomplish and what fate provides them.
I love South American food, and I haven't really been down there. I really need a vacation.
I Food Haven
A lot of news is just entertainment masquerading as news.
Masquerading Lot Entertainment
A lot of things can't be modeled very well.
Almost everyone's instinct is to be overconfident and read way too much into a hot or cold streak.
Instinct Read Hot
Basically, books were a luxury item before the printing press.
Were Item Luxury
Any one game in baseball doesn't tell you that much, just as any one poll doesn't tell you that much.
Poll Tell You
By playing games you can artificially speed up your learning curve to develop the right kind of thought processes.
Caesar recognized the omens, but he didn't believe they applied to him.
Recognized Believe Him
All I know is that I have way more stuff that I want to write about than I possibly have time to.
Want Stuff About
The public is even more pessimistic about the economy than even the most bearish economists are.
Public Economists Most