Python for Beginners, Part II: A Little Bit About Machine Learning But Don’t Panic

This is Part 2 in a series (n=?). Part I: Getting Started is here.  You did it! You've opened up your very first Jupyter Notebook. Before we do anything interesting with it, let's take a step back: What are we doing here? If this guy is right, chances are that you're either into making websites, or …

5 tips for how to make graduate school group projects hurt just a little less

There are three weeks left in the semester, and your group project is off the rails. One person's grandmother got sick, and all her data went back home with her. She was the only one keeping the peace between two other people in the group that can barely be in the same coffeeshop together. Your …

Elon Musk wants direct democracy on Mars. Will it work?

At SXSW today, Elon Musk suggested that direct democracy might be the best way to govern on Mars. Direct democracy isn’t a bad place to start, and it’s encouraging to hear one of the gods of Silicon Valley voice a commitment to democracy (here’s looking at you, Mr. Thiel). But direct democracy probably isn’t enough …

A summary of a reading of a rewriting of Heidegger

Bottom Line Up Front  All propositions are relative, and history matters more than truth. Wait, what? This is a summary of the introduction to Joel Weinsheimer’s book Gadamer's Hermeneutics: A Reading of Truth and Method. That book is a reading of Hans-Georg Gadamer's 1960 book Truth and Method, which according to Wikipedia is in turn …

Consciousness and Congress; Policy Networks and Entrepreneurship: January reading and reflections

Should an academic write non-academically? I’ve gotten both of these pieces of advice in my first semester of graduate school: Don’t have a blog. When you look for academic jobs, people will wonder why you wasted your time writing a blog instead of publishing papers. Have a blog. Writing publicly is the only way to sharpen …