What I learned this week, August 26, 2022

The best thing about a bicycle second line is that when the parade pauses to let the slower riders catch up – you can dance in the streets. New Orleans, Louisiana

12 Simple Strategies to Lose Weight After 50

Painless ways to drop extra pounds you’ve acquired.


Above the bar, Three Links, Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans AMOS, Xerxes

Unraveling the Enigma of Reason

The basic puzzle is this:

  1. If reason is so useful, why do human beings seem to be the only animals to possess it? Surely, a lion who had excellent reasoning abilities would catch more gazelles? Yet human beings seem to be alone in the ability to reason about things.
  2. If reason is so powerful, why are we so bad at it? Why do we have tons of cognitive biases? Reasoned thinking is supposed to be good, but we seem to use it fairly little as a species.

The end of the Constitution

Many people have linked to this recent op-ed in The NY Times by Harvard Law professor Ryan Doerfler and Yale Law professor Samuel Moyn. John Hinderaker of Powerline discusses the piece here, as well, and he calls it “literally one of the stupidest things I have ever read.”


Restrained, by Deborah Butterfield, Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Dark horses in the cosmos

Could primordial black holes from the beginning of time explain ‘dark matter’, the mysterious missing mass in the Universe?


Illustration by Jean L. Huens for the Saturday Evening Post. Don for the short story “The Snails,” by Patricia Highsmith.

What to Read Before and After Seeing Loving Highsmith

I have written about Patricia Highsmith before:

The Quest for the “Blank Claveringi”

I wonder if the book/movie will talk about her love of snails.


Jupiter is a dreamlike jewel in new James Webb Space Telescope images

‘It’s really remarkable that we can see details on Jupiter together with its rings, tiny satellites, and even galaxies in one image.’


Big Lake Park, Plano, Texas

Podcast – the Pigeon Towers of Iran

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