Category Archives: Conventional Wisdom

Normal Madmen

Maybe you had to be there, but the sixties were difficult for everybody. In the fifties everyone knew what to do – AMC spun that series Madmen on that premise, which seemed to be true. That series takes place in … Continue reading

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Conventional Thinking and Regression to the Mean

We’ve all had the experience. Someone is telling you you’re wrong – they nod their head sadly and tell you no one thinks that way, that your view is just not a common sense view. What follows that always starts … Continue reading

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The Importance of Apolitical Exasperation

It’s so basic that it hardly needs to be said, but you should always keep it in mind. All of politics is telling people how they should think – much of it each side reminding their base of how they … Continue reading

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When Conventional Wisdom Fails

It happened once before. Perhaps it was in the early sixties, which opened with an odd election to choose someone to follow Dwight Eisenhower – and we got the dashing young man with the glamorous wife, who was a Catholic, … Continue reading

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