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SABERMETRICS [1], ECONOMICS, AND THE PROBLEM OF UNQUANTIFIABLE VALUE

There is nothing more pragmatic than quantification.  Numbers tell us things that are remarkably specific.  Because of this, they are remarkably alluring.  It is tempting to state the value of all things numerically or to be able to make an argument using a percentage.  In this sense, one could even argue that statistics represent an [...]
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EMBRACING NEW TECHNOLOGY

In a recent segment on National Public Radio, journalist Priska Neely covered a robot band called Compressorhead, billed as “world’s heaviest metal band.” [1] The robots recently performed at the Australian festival Big Day Out.  The band is programmed to play cover songs by Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and other classic rock and early metal bands. [...]
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SHOULD I FORCE MY KIDS TO PRACTICE?

The short answer to this question is "yes."   Before I discuss the reasons why we should make children practice, let me deal with one of the main reasons that we might not want to.  I talk to many parents who had negative experiences playing an instrument as a child.  Their parents made them practice [...]
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YOUR KIDS SHOULD STUDY MUSIC. HERE’S WHY.

At this moment, the town of Northampton, MA is considering steep cuts to elective classes at the local high school in an effort to close an estimated $1.2 million budget gap.  This would mean significant cuts to many arts programs at the school.[1]  I believe that this is a mistake.  My area of expertise is [...]
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