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Investment actuary (retired). B.S. math. Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. Chartered Financial Analyst. Published in professional journals, and more importantly for this site, the philosophy journal Objectivity here. I presented an article "Omissions and Measurement" at the 2004 TOC Advanced Seminar. A slightly different version was published in JARS (V7N2). Three more articles of mine in JARS are: The Sim-Dif Model and Comparison (V11N2), Egoism And/or Altruism (V13N2), The Beneficiary Statement and Beyond (V17N1), Egoism and Others (V18N1). More to come.

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November 24, 2005
The Corruption of Measurement
by Merlin Jetton
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Measurement is a hallmark of science, reason and objectivity. It should be defended. It is too important to allow it to be corrupted by subjectivism. (Read more...)
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Building President-Elect Obama's Cabinet
Posted by Merlin Jetton on 11/25, 6:41am
The page has links to a three-part article. The page will likely change in the future, so the links for each part are given below along with some excerpts and my comments. The picks Obama has made so far do not score very well. Part 1:  Obama has already picked Timothy Geithner for Secretary of Treasury...(Read more...)
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The man of system, on the contrary, is apt to be very wise in his own conceit, and is often so enamoured with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government, that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it. He goes on to establish it completely and in all its parts, without any regard either to the great interests or the strong prejudices which may oppose it: he seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board; he does not consider that the pieces upon the chess-board have no other principle of motion besides that which the hand impresses upon them; but that, in the great chess-board of human society, every single piece has a principle of motion of its own, altogether different from that which the legislature might choose to impress upon it.
Adam Smith
The Theory of Moral Sentiments VI,II,2

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Girandoni air rifle as used by Lewis and Clark
Girandoni air rifle as used by Lewis and Clark

Very interesting. The stock holds the compressed air. If you are curious about attaining the air pressure, the answer is here starting at about 2:30. (See the video)

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