Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Economics of "Snakes on a Plane"

I really hope someone Googles that some day and I'm the first hit. Take that, Demand Media!

I just read 50 or so painstaking pages of Bryan Caplan's new book Selfish Reason to Have More Kids, where he goes over seemingly every twins-separated-at-birth study ever conducted and argues rather exhaustively yet convincingly that nature matters a lot more than nurture in terms of how a child develops.

I am five minutes into watching "Snakes on a Plane." In this scene, the dude in the picture above has just said the following to another guy who's tied up in front of him:
I'll make sure to tell your son
all about it.
The reason he gets to grow up without a father
is because of how goddamn noble he was.
Then again, I was raised by a single mom and... (he takes a swing at the guy with a baseball bat, spewing blood everywhere)
I didn't turn out so bad, huh? Whoo!
And my first reaction was: "That probably had a small or zero statistical effect on your upbringing! It's all genetic!"

Yes, the master's degree in econ was totally worth it.