Month: May 2013

7 Tips for Proofreading Your Own Work

If you do much writing at all—blogs, memos, proposals, papers, even e-mail—you know the difficulty of proofreading your own work.  It’s all too easy to proofread what you think you wrote rather than what you actually wrote.  To paraphrase Simon…

Making Things Too Simple

The Monty Hall Problem and the Two Boys Riddle are such great riddles precisely because they exploit our tendency to make things too simple.  That is, to (erroneously) “simplify” even to the point of discarding relevant information.  But as Albert…

Riddles: Monty Hall and Two Boys

For more than two decades, the Monty Hall problem stood as my favorite probability riddle.  But recently, the Two Boys riddle has replaced Monty Hall as my favorite.  Both are excellent riddles that exploit the same underlying weakness in the…

The Global Warming Consensus Gap

The media tends to present every story as having two sides.  It makes for good TV—or  radio, press, blogs, etc.—to present arguments from “both sides” of the issue.  It creates ready-made conflict and absolves the host journalists from actually following…

Welcome to the World Wide Web

It was twenty years ago today Tim Berners-Lee taught the world to play (online)… Technically, it was April 30, 1993 when CERN released the World Wide Web into the public domain.  And to commemorate the anniversary, they have resurrected the…

Thirty-one

Clearly, the smartest move I’ve ever made: It’s been a great thirty-one years.  My best friend and I have managed to do quite a few things together since then. For example, we… Graduated from UM (three times); moved to Chicago (two times);…