Monthly Archives: September 2007

Lady Who Doesn’t Believe in Evolution Also Isn’t Sure About the Shape of Planet Earth

The View co-host Sherri Shephard told her other co-hosts that she does not believe in the theory of evolution. Whoopi Goldberg then asked her if she thought the world was flat. Here’s the transcript of the conversation that followed.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG: Is the world flat?

SHERRI SHEPHERD: Is the world flat? (laughter)


SHEPHERD: …I Don’t know.

GOLDBERG: What do you think?

SHEPHERD: I… I never thought about it, Whoopi. Is the world flat? I never thought about it.

BARBARA WALTERS: You’ve never thought about whether the world was round or flat?

SHEPHERD: I tell you what I’ve thought about. How I’m going to feed my child–

WALTERS: Well you can do both.

SHEPERD: …how I’m going to take care of my family. The world, is the world flat has never entered into, like that has not been an important thing to me.

ELIZABETH HASSELBECK: You’ll teach your son, Jeffery, right?

SHEPHERD: If my son, Jeffery, asks me ‘is the world flat,’ I guess I would go…

JOY BEHAR: You know, didn’t some person already work this question out? I mean, why are we doing this again?

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Black People Spend More on Shoes

Why do black people spend more on shoes?

Why do these differences exist? Aside from simple differences in preferences, signaling is one possible explanation. Suppose that high income confers status. Other people judge your income based on your conspicuous consumption and your group’s income. Under plausible conditions, the authors show that if your group’s income is already high conspicuous consumption has a low marginal product. Put differently a black man who wears a very expensive suit gets a bigger increase in status than a white man who wears the same expensive suit because the baseline income prediction is lower for the former.

The theory is plausible but I wonder if other groups haven’t converged on more efficient methods of signaling. Some groups, for example, use education as a signal. Other groups like to show how clever they are by writing pithy summaries of new economics research.

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Why Circular Reasoning Works

circularreasoning Why Circular Reasoning Works

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Dawkins Reviews Hitchens

Hitchens quoted by Dawkins:

“monotheistic religion is a plagiarism of a plagiarism of a hearsay, of an illusion, extending all the way back to a fabrication of a few nonevents”

That likely sums up the Bible pretty well, I think.

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You’re Dealing with Spiderman

 Youre Dealing with Spiderman

A VIOLENT thug attacking a shopkeeper never expected to come face-to-face with a superhero.

But as Gerard Smith went `berserk in a Manchester newsagents, passer-by Kevin Godin-Prior lifted his jumper to reveal a Spiderman costume and told him: “You dont know who youre dealing with.”

via Neatorama

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Ewan McGregor regrets Star Wars

Ewan McGregor regrets being in Star Wars. I don’t blame him. But hey, we all had high hopes…

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Bat Fan

 Bat Fan

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