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Tuesday, November 10. 2009
Wisdom from Tom Sowell
Thomas Sowell -Random thoughts on the passing scene:
Posted by Gwynnie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 19:28 | Comments (5) | Trackback (1)
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Excellent material. National Review also has some recent video interviews about his new book concerning the mortgage meltdown.
Dr Sowell is a national treasure, and a fountain of wisdom. Sad that he is not more widely followed.
I disagree about Dr. Sowell's strike zone comment. People who complain about individual umpires' strike zone haven't been paying attention. MLB has made a major effort to get umpires to call the same strike zone, and anyone who watches a lot of baseball will see the instant replay box representing the actual strike zone on almost every pitch, and the umpires get it right almost every time. Tim McCarver not withstanding. Tim gets it wrong most of the time. Maybe he needs glasses. Maybe Bob Gibson hit in the head a few too many times.
No one can call perfect strikes and balls every time, and some peoples' perceptions will be different than others. The only thing the players have a right to expect is that that night's home plate umpire call the strikes and balls consistently. If he calls the high, outside pitch a strike, he should do it all night. The whiners should shut up and play, or go home.
The experience of football and basketball is that instant replay has NOT improved play calling. The replay officials, even in slomo, often get it wrong. All instant replay in all sports is evil.
Otherwise, Dr. Sowell is always correct.
Should the first two words in the last paragraph read, "Even if...."?
I feel that, along with Charles Krauthammer, Thomas Sowell is a constant joy to read. Their wit leavens their wisdom just enough.
Just ran across this page. Good roundup of Sowell.
I try to summarize some of his philosophy on my blog.
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