Very interesting lecture by game theorist Bruce Bueno de Mesquita.  Money quote:  “Not pie in the sky to use rigorous logic and evidence…to have an affect on really hard policy questions.”   Game theory.

Nice story about Honest Abe,

“Abraham Lincoln founded the National Academy of Sciences.  Abraham Lincoln was also the first attorney to make a statistical argument in front of the Supreme Court to buttress his economic claims, which were correct, that keeping bridges over the Mississippi to allow the railroad to pass over the river was economically more important than protecting paddle wheel steamers. ” – Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, 1:08 minutes