Pseudo-profound bullshit commemorated: The Laffer Curve

Today the New York Times celebrates, deadpan, a fake relic of a historically influential example of pseudo-profound bullshit. Under the headline “This Is Not Arthur Laffer’s Famous Napkin,” The Times says: It is one of the iconic moments in modern economics: A young professor named Arthur Laffer sketched a curve on a bar napkin in […]

Too much in gear? (A tri-umph?)

Here’s a quiz for mechanical engineers, professional and budding: What’s the story on these gears? David Brooks (the one known to science writers as “The good David Brooks”) writes in his Granite Geek blog: If you’re going to draw gears, don’t draw 3 interlocking ones has launched a new blog called Department of Innovation to track […]