About Daniel Koffler

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

The Long Overdue End of Fusionism

By November 26, 2007

Patrick Ruffini has a post at Hugh Hewitt's site about the import of Ron Paul's candidacy for the Republican party, but more broadly about the terms of the marriage between libertarians and conservatives, and how it can be reconciled. (Link … Read More

The Real Thanksgiving Turkey

By November 23, 2007

Granted, I didn't read the New York Times op-ed page during the Times Select era — heckuvah job, Pinchy — so I don't know what intellectual atrocities might have been committed there over the past couple of years. Granted, further, … Read More

J. Philippe Rushton and Peer-Review

By November 21, 2007

The last thing I wanted to see happen with my piece on race, genes, and IQ has happened, namely that the comment thread was hijacked by an acolyte of J. Philippe Rushton. Someone who isn't familiar with the relevant literature, … Read More

No, Blacks are Not Dumber than Whites

No, Blacks are Not Dumber than Whites
By November 21, 2007

Are differences in performance on standardized tests indicative of differences in intelligence? Are differences in intelligence, in turn, rooted in genetic difference? Are the genetic determinants of intelligence distributed in predictable patterns along racial lines? Finally, are race-based discrepancies in … Read More

Their Mercy Fills the Khyber Hills

By November 18, 2007

I'll admit from the outset that I'm not sure what the ideal policy towards Pakistan is. I am reasonably sure, however, that this is a terrible idea, and not simply because its authors are fountainheads of terrible ideas. Briefly, Michael … Read More

Sunday Physics and Metaphysics Blogging: Theories of Everything and Press Criticism Too

By November 18, 2007

Via Radley Balko, a couple of articles in the Daily Telegraph about the prospects for a Theory of Everything — this is a technical term — piqued my interest. The first, a personality-driven piece about a semi-employed surfer who happens … Read More


By November 15, 2007

For a brief period, I did work on credit derivatives trades that involved signing a non-disclosure agreement, so I have to be careful about precisely what I say here, but I want to take a moment to note what I … Read More

Bush Derangement Syndrome Syndrome

By November 15, 2007

Lots of people are having fun with this Peter Berkowitz column that appeared in the WSJ yesterday, and rightly so, because Berkowitz's piece is an orotund display of question-begging, petty casuistry, and sheer illogic, and I'm going to pile on. … Read More