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Welcome to The Inductive.  Please enjoy our blog, Specific Facts, full length articles in the General Principles section, our focus on Japan in Dispatches from the Wild Wild East, our culture section, The Art of Leisure, where we have reviews of both topical and classic films and albums, and our Featured Find section, where we link to the best the web has to offer.

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About The Inductive


The Inductive was formed to further the countercyclical examination of issues in the Aristotelean inductive tradition.  As much as possible we seek to find areas where honest minded people can agree or disagree amicably.  Respect for the fair disagreements that arise from a difference in values, rather than an assumption of malicious intent, is the cornerstone of civil society.  That all political expression falls along an X-Y axis from Liberal to Conservative seems absurd.  Heterodox thinking- like a perspective rooted in fiscal conservativism that also values individual rights, or a belief in a minimum welfare state that nevertheless appreciates the centrality of the family in society- allows judgement of issues individually rather than through the lens of dogmatic orthodoxy.  Through the examination of the specific from a variety of perspectives and common approach, broader principles emerge as the system becomes sufficiently complex.  Is is our hope to be as surprised as anyone by what results.

Editorial Staff


Joseph Cox

Joseph Cox is a graduate of Duke University who has been described variously as an “internet addict,” a “nerd” and a “smooth player, who is only understood by his momma.”  While his politics are slightly left of center, he values heterodoxy and always attempts to deconstruct why he believes things through metacognition and a broad reading list.  His firm conviction is that conventional wisdom is frequently wrong, and many revolutionary ideas of today are the pragmatic solutions of the future.

He founded The Inductive hoping that by getting the interesting people he knows, if not always agree with, to write here he can push the limits of what is usually connected with public policy and kill some sacred cows.  Because if you’ve never had sacred cow, its divine with béarnaise.

Joe’s writing on the Inductive:

Blog

Articles

Culture


Christopher Carr

Here, Chris is dressed as obscure historical figure and former governor of Alaska, Sarah PalinChristopher Carr lives in Fukushima, Japan and feels his expatriate lifestyle provides him with unique insights into American society and politics.  He worked as a consultant to IHI Corporation before his worldview experienced a major paradigm shift on May 26th, 2009.  Since then, he has worked to varying degrees as an English teacher, technical writer, translator, journalist, photographer, anthropologist, copy writer, professional gambler, private investor, and photographer, and is totally undistinguished in all of these fields.

For his own life, he sees occupational well-roundedness and diversification as increasingly valuable in an age of hyperspecialization, providing security, excitement, and opportunity.  He plans on attending medical school in the United States from January 2011.

Chris has avid interests in mountainclimbing, skiing, spending time with his eleven-month-old daughter, Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, and educating himself by exploring the internet and reading anything he can get his hands on (In the past, this was usually after being intellectually curb-stomped by Joe, but now, who knows?  Maybe Chris has caught up.).  Chris is firmly committed to individual responsibility, individual rights, and equality of opportunity; he distrusts all forms of political-ideological labeling and collectivism.  His goal in life is to travel to outer space.

Read Chris’s articles in General Principles.

Read Chris’s blog posts in Specific Facts.

Read Chris’s observations on Japan in Dispatches from the Wild Wild East.

Read Chris’s reviews in Culture


Josh Weinstein

Josh Weinstein is a visionary renaissance man forming the spiritual backbone of The Inductive, contributing the structure and architecture of this website, and also, more sporadically, content in the form of articles and the occassional blog post.  He works in the Philippines at a microfinance institution called Negros Women for Tomorrow.  Josh writes about global development, economics, microfinance, and foreign policy.

Josh’s contributions to the Inductive:

articles

blog posts

personal blog

Josh’s website can be found here.



Christopher Carr lives in Fukushima, Japan and feels his expatriate lifestyle gives him unique insights into American society and politics.  He worked as a consultant to IHI Corporation before his worldview experienced a major paradigm shift in May 2009.  Since then, he has worked to varying degrees as an English teacher, technical writer, copy writer, creative writer, translator, graphic designer, journalist, professional gambler, private investor, and photographer, and is totally undistinguished in all of these fields.  For his own life, he sees occupational well-roundedness and diversification as increasingly valuable in an age of hyperspecialization, providing security, excitement, and opportunity.

He has avid interests in mountainclimbing, skiing, spending time with his five-month-old daughter, Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, and educating himself by exploring the internet and reading anything he can get his hands on.  He is firmly committed to both individual responsibility and individual rights, and distrusts all forms of both political-ideological labeling and collectivism.  His goal in life is to find a way to permanently travel.

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