My Anti-library

<picture missing> Pictured above is part of my anti-library. The first bottom row are unread or partly-read books. The back row and shelf are either read or reference books. What’s an anti-library? In The Black Swan, Taleb talks about Umberto Eco’s collection of 30,000 unread books. These books represent Eco’s anti-library, the reservoir of information […]

Facebook & Video Games: An Introduction to the Narrative Fallacy

“I am a god. Level ten all alone!” My brother’s face glowed blue from the television as he completed another level in the Call of Duty minigame. The fact that most people sleep at 3 a.m. didn’t phase his concentration as he simultaneously killed zombies and trashed talked his friends. His confidence rose as he […]

Wall Street and Sports Betting: An Introduction to the Ludic Fallacy

A headline in Wired’s November 2010 issue reads, “Wall Street Firm Uses Algorithms to Make Sports Betting Like Stock Trading.” After reading the article, I’m not sure if this development is good or bad for skeptical empiricists. The headline left me with a fleeting impression; at first I brushed the story off as another silly […]