It’s hard not to join in the dogpile on Megan McArdle, when she writes a windy article about the recent school shooting highlighting everything that just won’t work to stop gun violence, then ends with this:
I’d also like us to encourage people to gang rush shooters, rather than following their instincts to hide; if we drilled it into young people that the correct thing to do is for everyone to instantly run at the guy with the gun, these sorts of mass shootings would be less deadly, because even a guy with a very powerful weapon can be brought down by 8-12 unarmed bodies piling on him at once. Would it work? Would people do it? I have no idea; all I can say is that both these things would be more effective than banning rifles with pistol grips.
I can’t believe someone would actually advocate a bumrush as a way to stop school shootings. She’s got to be screwing with us.
Readers prefer mysteries to facts, which is why books about astrology, telepathy, and the Bermuda Triangle sell so well. But science need not concede mystery to the occult. It can match it or better. Mysteries, like deep geological time, a boundless universe, the big bang, relativity, quantum mechanics, the double helix, natural selection, mass extinction, and chaos theory — these are richer fare than anything the occult can offer.
—Matt Ridley, British science writer
I don’t know if god exists, but it would be better for his reputation if he didn’t.
The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence.