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July 2002

Chaim Potok, author of The

Chaim Potok, author of The Chosen, has passed away from brain cancer. He was 73. "Whether we're talking about 10 years from now or 30 years from now," said Robert Gottlieb, Potok's editor for over three decades and former editor-in-chief of both the New Yorker and Alfred A. Knopf, "The Chosen will be in print, and thousands and thousands of people will discover it and be moved and educated by it." Shalom, Mr. Potok.


Joanne Jacobs discusses the poor

Joanne Jacobs discusses the poor state of (some) high school economics teaching. She quotes a college professor who held workshops for high school teachers who said things like "What if I don't believe in GDP?" She also quotes Russell Roberts: "The biggest thing that would improve (high school economics) would be to stop doing stock market simulations, which encourage bad investment behavior--high-risk individual stock-picking--and have only a little to do with economics." Amen!


Review of Reckoning with Risk.

Review of Reckoning with Risk. According to the review, if someone takes medication for "moderately" high blood pressure, ". . . the chances are far greater that it will do them harm, albeit slight, than that it will do them good, albeit great." Also talks about how the lawyers on both sides of the O.J. Simpson trial botched statistics. (Very nice application on Bayes Theorem.)