About Daniel Koffler

Daniel Koffler is a Clarendon Scholar and graduate student in philosophy at the University of Oxford.

The Moral of the NIE

By December 4, 2007

I was all set to be the first Cabalist to post something about the latest NIE on Iran, announcing "with high confidence" that Iran's nuclear weapons program has been suspended since 2003, when Mike beat me to it. But I … Read More

Why Sincere Christian Belief is Evil

By December 3, 2007

Somehow it slipped under my radar that David Lewis had contributed an article to a new collection. Or, to be precise (Lewis died in 2001), Philip Kitcher, a philosophy professor at Columbia, edited and completed a draft manuscript that Lewis … Read More

Last Round on Race, IQ, Saletan, Etc.

By December 1, 2007

I figured Julian Sanchez would have an interesting point to make about all this, and sure enough, he does: A friend once told me about a study—perhaps a commenter can find me a reference?—in which two groups of students were … Read More

Saturday Rat Choice Blogging

By December 1, 2007

Good magazine, which, one hopes, is aptly named, recently featured a profile of Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, one of the progenitors of the application of rational choice theory to political science, who at one time was laughed out of a … Read More

Jonah Goldberg Ha Sempre Ragione

By November 29, 2007

So, Jonah Goldberg and Peter Beinart have this series of webcast debates that have been going on for some time now, and the latest one was about American imperialism. I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but I'm … Read More

No Need to Thank Me, I Already Know How You Feel

By November 28, 2007

I'm surprised and glad to see that William Saletan has (semi-)recanted his series on race, genes, and IQ. Those who have read my response in these pages, and especially the supplement on J. Philippe Rushton, will understand why it was … Read More

Great Moments in Journalism

By November 28, 2007

A couple of weeks ago, Joe Klein wrote a column for Time excoriating the Democrats for pushing an amendment to FISA that, according to Klein's understanding, "would require the surveillance of every foreign-terrorist target's calls to be approved by the … Read More

Religious Test or Test of Judgment?

By November 27, 2007

Sometimes I forget what a national treasure National Review is, and then I head over to NRO and remember. For example — my apologies if you already knew this; I didn't, and I think I'm a reasonably well-informed guy who … Read More