Wheaton Cancels Student Health Insurance Plan

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Wheaton College will not offer a student health insurance plan (SHIP) due to the federal requirement under Obamacare that the plan offer “morally objectionable” products and services—abortifacient drugs and intrauterine devices (IUDs).  On July 8 a federal appeals court declined Wheaton’s petition for a preliminary injunction in connection with its civil suit to be free […]

The Social-Network Illusion

Network scientists have discovered how social networks can create the illusion that something is common when it is actually rare.  Statisticians have known about the paradoxical nature of social networks for some time such as the friendship paradox: on average your friends will have more friends than you do.  A related paradox called “the majority […]

The Magic of Words

The Magic of Words: this article on the nature of language and some recent research on words as abstractions or as labels of particulars can serve as a quick introduction to discussion on the astonishing capacity of language–a closed, finite system of words (though, of course, it is more than that–to arrive at meaning, communicate […]

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