Compressing Reality http://CompressingReality.com/ A blog on statistics, politics, and economics - by Thomas Redding. Sun, 27 Aug 2017 Pigovian Taxes and Income http://CompressingReality.com/Pigovian%20Taxes%20and%20Income/index.php "Sin" taxes and fines should (ideally) be proportional to individual income. Thu, 23 Aug 2017 Animals Per Calorie http://CompressingReality.com/Animals%20Per%20Calorie/index.php A quick reference resource for thinking about vegetarianism and veganism. Thu, 1 Jul 2017 Paying for Roads http://CompressingReality.com/Paying%20for%20Roads/index.php An analysis of gasoline usage, road congestion, and taxes to internalize them. Thu, 1 Jul 2017 Utility Equals Log Consumption http://CompressingReality.com/Utility%20Equals%20Log%20Consumption/index.php Arguments for assuming that utility is (statistically) proportional to the logarithm of consumption. Thu, 1 Jul 2017 Fixing Copyright http://CompressingReality.com/Fixing%20Copyright/index.php An idea for a politically feasible improvement to copyright law. Thu, 1 Jun 2017 Mandelbrot Set Efficiency http://CompressingReality.com/Mandelbrot%20Set%20Efficiency/index.php A more faster (and possibly correct) way to draw the Mandelbrot Set. Thu, 1 May 2017 Internalities http://CompressingReality.com/Internalities/index.php An argument that internalities are just as bad as externalities - and that they should be treated similarly in economics and by public policy. Thu, 1 Mar 2017 The Truth is Not Enough http://CompressingReality.com/The%20Truth%20is%20Not%20Enough/index.php Why true statistics aren’t enough: distinguishing the baby from the bath water. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 Bayes’ Theorem: The Root of All Reasoning http://CompressingReality.com/Bayes%20Theorem/index.php An arithmetic-only explanation of probabilistic reasoning and its applications to critical thinking. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 Campus Culture: Why Can’t We All Get Along? http://CompressingReality.com/Campus%20Culture/index.php A reflection of why political correctness, content warnings, and safe spaces remain so controversial. Fri, 23 Dec 2016 Summary of Exercise Research http://CompressingReality.com/Exercise/index.php A guide of research on physical activity and how to use it. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 Income has Externalities http://CompressingReality.com/Income%20has%20Externalities/index.php A brief examination of your income's impact on your neighbors. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 Nudging People Towards Health http://CompressingReality.com/Nudgism/index.php A look at extending the idea of externalities to partially include impacts on future you. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 Gun Control: An Extensive Analysis http://CompressingReality.com/Gun%20Control/index.php An evidence-based analysis of the effect of guns on deaths. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 Demographic Utility Comparison and Suicide http://CompressingReality.com/Demographic%20Utility%20Comparison%20and%20Suicide/index.php An attempt to understand the utility of populations using statistics. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Fiscal Policies on Long-Run GrowthPCA http://CompressingReality.com/Fiscal%20Policy%20and%20Economic%20Growth%20Meta%20Analysis/index.php A boring summary of a meta-analysis on how government spending affects long-run economic growth. Thu, 26 May 2016 Political PCA http://CompressingReality.com/Political%20Beliefs%20PCA/index.php A statistical examination of political classifications. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 Should You Vote? http://CompressingReality.com/Should%20You%20Vote/index.php A brief theoretical and empirical analysis of voting. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 Stats and Chess http://CompressingReality.com/Stats%20and%20Chess/index.php Statistical analysis of the features of thousands of chess games. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 Conservative Moral Extensions http://CompressingReality.com/Conservative%20Moral%20Extensions/index.php An argument for the decoupling of morality from reality. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 Marxism and the Great Divergence http://CompressingReality.com/Great%20Divergence/index.php Does income derived from the owernship of capital explain growing income inequality? Sat, 19 Dec 2015 Economic Flows Chart http://CompressingReality.com/Economic%20Flows%20Chart/index.php A chart of the flows of money in the United States Mon, 14 Dec 2015 Echo Chambers http://CompressingReality.com/Echo%20Chambers/index.php Evidence for and an argument against echo chambers Fri, 11 Dec 2015