Devil’s Advocacy and Dialectic

From a 2013 New York Magazine interview with the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia: [Scalia:] I am something of a contrarian, I suppose. I feel less comfortable when everybody agrees with me. I say, “I better reexamine my position!” I probably believe that the worst opinions in my court have been unanimous. Because there’s nobody […]

The Herem Against R. Hezekiah the Harif

About a year ago, as I prepared to begin a course of study in יורה דעה, I attempted to purchase a copy of the פרי חדש. The couple of seforim stores that I visited did not have a standalone copy available; the only copy I could find was one printed in the back of one […]

Ants, Engineering, and Epistemology

Scientific American reports: Tiny Robots Mimic Termites’ Ability to Build without a Leader Using sensors coupled with a simple set of rules, the robots worked independently to build structures Termites can create mounds that are hundreds of times their own size, working independently without communication or a leader. Inspired by the creatures, scientists have created […]