A beautifully told story with colorful characters out of epic tradition, a tight and complex plot, and solid pacing. -- Booklist, starred review of On the Razor's Edge

Great writing, vivid scenarios, and thoughtful commentary ... the stories will linger after the last page is turned. -- Publisher's Weekly, on Captive Dreams

Friday, December 16, 2011

Clearing the Tabs

The First Sorrowful Mystery
What does a society do when it has devalued children, gated their communities, disparaged "breeders," and slaughtered the unwanted? 

Ans: Pretend pregnancy.

The Second Risible Mystery
Is Star Wars actually a deeply hidden allegory for niche neep?  Exspecto quod animadverto!

The Third Logical Mystery
When is a confirmation of the multiverse theory not a confirmation of the multiverse theory?  Pretty much anytime, but in particular here

The Fourth Statistical Mystery
When is correlation not causation?  Bzz!  Trick question.  Correlation is never causation, though TOF wishes the New Breed of scientist would ponder this more closely.  Some examples, h/t to Alert Commenter Aaron.
TOF stands in silent awe at the knowledge that there are people in the world with sufficient time on their hands to put such things together. 


  1. Correlation is not causation but doesn't GWT have a cause and effect theory worked out ? The idea that we've added so much CO2 to the air what the planter is warming is, at least on the face, bit crazy. Ava's causing the housing bubble seems nonsensical from the start.

    Isn't this what science does? Gosh, these two things keep showing up together, maybe they are related. Let's test that idea.

  2. The fake baby bumps strike me as good news. It means that pro-natal memes are increasing.

    In related news, I've been looking at a few anti-natalist blogs recently. For some reason I'm reminded of the phrase "Think of it as evolution in action."


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