Roland Stephen

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    Not Really

    Monday, July 11th, 2011

    James Vreeland has a post that emphasizes the role played by Title IX in turning the U.S. into a world power in women’s soccer. This is surely true, but I have to say I don’t like the way he formulates his discussion: … this was also a battle of culture versus institutions. Of markets versus [...]

    Mix and Match

    Monday, March 28th, 2011

    I spent yesterday morning trying to explain genetic recombination to my seven year old son. He asked why girls and boys needed to be different. In response I took a scientific approach, explaining that combining differences (genes) made the offspring hardier. (This is only one of several competing explanations for sexual reproduction). I spent the [...]

    Ugly Game

    Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

    These paragraphs from a recent Times article on Manchester United might come as a surprise to U.S. sports fans: Perhaps no other team has the global reach of Manchester United, which is seeking a record 19th English title and is valued by Forbes at $1.84 billion, first among all sports franchises, ahead of the Dallas [...]