Thursday, September 22, 2005

Vote from Prospect and Foreign Policy's list of the world's top 100 public intellectuals.

Also, while you're in a high-browed mood, check out the Becker-Posner Blog for a Chicago based exploration via economics and law.

And if you can't remember what a supply curve looks like, check out this article on economic literacy.

In his post on dogs, urine, and bible translation, Tyler Williams reminds us that Bible translators musn't wimp out when it comes to connotative meaning. After all, emotive content is just as important towards our understanding of a text as is referential content (ie we should feel the meaning of the text as well as understand it).

And finally, from a Special Forces linguist and paratrooper in the 5th on war intelligence:
"It has become common knowledge that the U.S. intel agencies supported the claims that Iraq had WMD. But this wasn't true. George Tenet agreed with Bush's assessment, but his opinion ran contrary to his advisors' who specialized in Iraqi weapons capabililities. It also ran contrary to the findings of the U.N. weapons inspectors, the chief inspectors having since been "outed" as Iraq sympathizers. Since then the CIA has re-evaluated its position on the Iraqi chemical weapons programs, saying they were shut down in the early '90's."

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