Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Why Untrained People Are Naturally Bad at Scientific Reasoning

    January 3, 2017

    David Burress

    Part I When computer scientists started building systems to engage in conservation with humans, they augmented low-level computer understanding skills with a huge database of knowledge. They discovered that an ordinary child has quite literally millions of words and facts and relationships at her fingertips. That means she has been learning thousands of things per day ...

  • Call to Call Out the “alt right”

    January 2, 2017

    David Burress

    The “alt right” don’t like being called bigots.  Let’s take them at their word: we should point out the hate concealed in their rhetoric rather than in their nature. So when they use euphemisms like “human biodiversity” we should point out they actually mean whites should kick blacks out of white territory.   And when they inevitably call ...

  • The Safety Argument From Gun Enthusiasts

    December 30, 2016

    David Burress

    The probability of gunshot death depends (among other factors) on the number of guns in the environment, and approaches zero as the number of guns approaches zero.  It is very reasonable to assume that the number of non-gunshot deaths prevented by guns is less than the number of gunshot deaths caused by guns.  In other ...

  • Many Medical Screening Tests Wasteful

    December 29, 2016

    David Burress

    Screening tests are very often bad medicine for the same reason that dragnets are generally bad policing, which is the same reason why drug testing is generally bad for society.  It’s called false positives. People have it in their heads that scientific tests are perfect. That is never true.  Every test for a discrete condition comes ...