Entitlement Programs

At the Health Care Summit, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said: “I say to my friend, Lamar [Alexander, Republican Senator from Tennessee], who I have great respect and admiration for, you’re entitled to your opinions, but not your own facts. Your opinion is something that is yours, and you’re entitled to that, but not your … Continue reading

Tautology, Part II

Wow, you people won’t stop with the emails. I just got one that said that just because a word ends with -ology, that it isn’t necessarily a science. They said (you’ll have to imagine the snide voice, since there’s not a font for that): “What about astrology? That’s not a science.” Well, genius, astrology was … Continue reading


Some days you just can’t win. I’ve received several emails commenting on my earlier clarification of Occam’s Razor, saying that Tautology isn’t a science. Really? The suffix -ology means ‘the study of’, and is used in sciences like biology, psychology, physiology, and paleontology. I trust I’ve proven my point using the science of word origins … Continue reading

Occam’s Razor

I have gotten a couple of emails saying that I am misrepresenting Occam’s Razor in a previous post. I said that it means: “If it’s the simplest explanation, then it’s true.” They tell me that it’s more complicated than that, that it only means that it’s more likely to be true, etc. But listen here: … Continue reading