Monday, January 14, 2008

Norm Nails It Again

I really enjoyed Pinker's NY Times essay, but exactly like me, Norm found an experiment that just seemed wrong.

I often find myself in the department of 'huh?' in these essays, and this case is a classic. Somehow Norm simply passed up another.

I found myself in the same department of 'huh?' with Pinker's opening question, ranking Norman Borlaug, Bill Gates, and Mother Teresa in terms of admirability. This was easy for me - Borlaug beats Gates, as I don't know about his possible dubious business practices, but both have brought great benefits to the world. Mother Teresa brought none - she is obviously the bottom of the list. Astonishingly, there are people who don't see it similarly. Oh well.


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