The Downside of Diversity Training

Hans Bader points out that diversity training, adopted by many employers for ideological reasons or for protection against lawsuits, actually encourages legal action and creates serious vulnerability for employers. A further point: Anyone can call him- or herself a diversity trainer. There appear to be no standards; employers don’t even require that such trainers have law degrees or PhDs in psychology, two qualifications that might … Continue reading The Downside of Diversity Training

Maimonides and “Tolerance” in Medieval Spain

Andrew Bostom gives a detailed account of why Maimonides fled Spain, to settle ultimately in Cairo, despite the supposed harmony of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity in medieval Spain. It’s a helpful correction to the impression left by Maria Rosa Menocal’s book, The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain, and especially by her subtitle. In … Continue reading Maimonides and “Tolerance” in Medieval Spain

Roger Kimball on Will Smith and Utopianism

Roger Kimball has intriguing reflections on the utopian impulse and the underlying thought, stemming from Rousseau, that one can reshape human nature—all from thinking about Will Smith’s remark, “Even Hitler didn’t wake up going, ‘let me do the most evil thing I can do today’,” said Will. “I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to … Continue reading Roger Kimball on Will Smith and Utopianism

Housing Prices…

…are down, The Wall Street Journal reports, with potential troubles for the economy lurking: Rising home prices plus refinancing options and home equity loans previously allowed homeowners to squeeze money out of their homes to finance their spending – an important trend because consumer spending fuels about 70% of economic growth. Economists now worry that falling home prices will prompt consumers to pull back on … Continue reading Housing Prices…

Fat Finger

Blogging lately has been light, not only because of the holiday season—I will be singing, playing bells, and playing bass at four church services today!—but because of an infection in the middle finger of my right hand, which has caused my finger to swell impressively and has made typing difficult. My brother and I have exclaimed “Fat finger!” when hitting the wrong key in playing … Continue reading Fat Finger

Prisoners’ Dilemmas

A few days ago I talked about flaccid strategies for iterated prisoners’ dilemmas, noting that strategies without retaliation cannot win. I remarked: Many Western leaders seem committed not only to avoiding retaliation but to responding to defection on an opponent’s part with forgiveness and even more extensive cooperation. [Emphasis added.] That inspires a further thought. Robert Alexrod and others have investigated strategies for iterated prisoners’ … Continue reading Prisoners’ Dilemmas