What cobras can teach us about incentives
Prov. 27:14 teaches that good intentions are not enough. And yet many a government policy is implemented, not because it has been shown to be effective – not because of evidence – but simply because the policy’s drafters mean well. But, as the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with such good intentions.
Operation Manna – a story for Remembrance Day
In the winter of 1944-1945, the northern Netherlands were facing starvation. And they were still occupied by the Nazis so the Allies couldn’t reach them with relief supplies. In episode of the History.icu podcast we get to hear how “manna” of a sort was delivered from the skies.
“Born this way” is old science
During her US Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Amy Coney Barrett used the term “sexual preference” instead of “sexual orientation” and in what seemed a response (it happened the very next day) Merriam Webster changed their definition for that term to now describe it as an offensive term. Why the fuss? Well, as Senator Mazie Hirono declared at the confirmation hearing, “Sexual preference is an offensive and outdated term…used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice—it is not.”
Except that newer science says preference is probably the better word choice after all.
How an affair really begins
“One of the great misconceptions about affairs is that they begin with sex. Affairs do not begin with sex…. Instead, it is a culminating decision in a long list of terrible, self-centered decisions.”
A sensible and compassionate anti-COVID strategy
What’s most striking about this article is its calm tone. But calm doesn’t mean insignifigant, as it highlight the importance of correcting a lockdown strategy that the UN estimates might lead to 130 million more deaths by starvation this year.
Biblical vs. Christian counseling: What’s the difference? (3 minutes)
Dr. Heath Lambert provides a brief, general overview of the difference between Biblical counseling and Christian counseling.