Monthly Archives: March 2011

The party-pooper principle

The more I think about it, the more I am inclined to adopt the following operational principle: THE PARTY-POOPER PRINCIPLE: Given two, roughly-equal theories, the one that is less attractive is more likely to be true. Theories can be attractive … Continue reading

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Homer & Langley: recluses and hoarders

I just finished E. L. Doctorow’s novel, Homer & Langley. It’s a retelling of the true story of Homer & Langley Collyer, who, by the time they died in the late 1940s, lived in a place that looked like this: … Continue reading

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