Monthly Archives: May 2007

The Plateau Effect

In many natural processes, most notably physiological, there is such a thing as the "plateau effect."   At lower doses of a stimulus, the systems responds to it proportionally (usually linearly or sigmoidally).  However, after the dose of the stimulus exceeds … Continue reading

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Pro-American President of France? Pas encore.

Speaking in Brussels on May 23, French President Nicolas Sarkozy reaffirmed his opposition to Turkish membership in the European Union.  “I don’t think Turkey has its place in the EU," said Sarkozy. Sarkozy’s statement, which contradicts the well-known position of … Continue reading

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Crime and Punishment: How to Avoid “Amnesty” for Illegal Immigrants

The immigration bill that is currently before the US Senate reflects the situation with the immigration per se in one important way: both are a mess.  Instead of being a melting pot of carefully chosen solutions, the 380 page long … Continue reading

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Pro-American President of France? Vraiment?

We Americans love tags and sound bites.  They help us organize and memorize things.  Better yet, tags and sound bites allow us to pretend that we understand things even if we haven’t even tried to look into them.  Take, for … Continue reading

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