"The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man ..."

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.

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The Effects of Land Redistribution: Evidence from the French Revolution
To quote Stian Westlake's summary: "The French Revolution ended famine! (By, er, allowing the rich to accumulate big productive farms.)"
Intuitive thinkers greatly underestimate how much they neglect analytical thinking during decision making.
A summary of Dunning–Kruger effects in reasoning: Theoretical implications of the failure to recognize incompetence
How Far Is Too Far? New Evidence on Abortion Clinic Closures, Access, and Abortions
"As the distance to the nearest abortion provider increases from less than 25 miles to 25-50 miles, there is little change in rates of legally induced abortions. But an increase to 50-100 miles reduces legal abortion rates by 16 percent, an increase to 100-200 miles reduces abortion rates by 32 percent, and an increase to 200 or more miles reduces abortion rates by 47 percent."

Initiation rituals I'm glad to not have gone through

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Strategic tennis grunts (from our email)
"The sound of the ball hitting the racket provides useful information, particularly for a mishit or a powerful shot — because you have to move up or back quickly to cope. For years, top tennis players have used grunts and shrieks to conceal this sound from their opponents"
France Bastille Day: 'Complex thinker' Macron 'to skip press conference'
This doesn't reek at all of a detached and snooty elitism. Doesn't seem to bode particularly well for France - although perhaps it's not all that dissimilar in a way to Hillary Clinton arguing about having both private and public positions on an issue.
No needles, no doctor. This vaccine is one you could give yourself
"A press-on patch that delivers flu vaccine painlessly worked as well as an old-fashioned flu shot with no serious side effects, researchers reported Tuesday. ... The hope is the vaccine will be cheaper, easier to give and more acceptable than a regular flu vaccine."


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