Non-financial: July - December 2005 articles archive home
Every Year
Each year, on the 1st January, we replace Old Man Time with a precocious but lovable Baby New Year ...
Friday, December 30, 2005 ... more
A Stock broker parks his brand new Porsche in front of the office to show it off to his colleagues. As he's getting out of the car ...
Tuesday, December 27, 2005 ... more
Who knows?
"Under the right circumstances," argues James Surowiecki, "groups are remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them."
Thursday, December 22, 2005 ... more
The value of experts
But, while Armstrong provided significant evidence to support the view that expertise is in fact useless in forecasting change, few people pay attention to it.
Friday, December 9, 2005 ... more
What counts
That something happened to you is of no importance to anyone, not even to you. The important thing about you is what you choose to make happen.
Thursday, December 8, 2005 ... more
Might even be true
# Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.
# It is possible to lead a cow upstairs... but not downstairs. # All polar bears are left handed. # A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
Friday, December 2, 2005 ... more
How foolish?
“The sad history of human folly and prejudice,” says Pinker, “is explained by our ineptness as intuitive statisticians.”
Friday, November 25, 2005 ... more
Yeah, still cool
Marketers have traditionally lost interest in consumers who’ve turned 50, believing their choices have long since hardened and their biggest spending years are behind them.
Friday, November 18, 2005 ... more
Herding tornadoes
Did you know that Hurricane Katrina was intentionally steered into New Orleans? Yep. It turns out a clique of ex-KGB hardliners, using a secret weather-control weapon ...
Friday, November 11, 2005 ... more
Truth about Oil
Much is made of the price of oil, particularly the per-barrel spot price. But are oil prices a driver of the overall stock market? Although a number of writers treat them as such ...
Wednesday, November 9, 2005 ... more
Who’d have thought?
Those who continue to believe that Bush really is dumb can find strong evidence in a new internet report revealing that his doctors have equipped him with a cerebral pacemaker.
Tuesday, November 8, 2005 ... more
That’s all?
Here’s a surprise for anyone who think the next ice age isn’t worth worrying about after taking into consideration how long it's likely to take to set in ...
Friday, November 4, 2005 ... more
Could be you
Here’s a surprise from New Scientist magazine: Scott Atran, who studies group dynamics at the university of Michigan and knows a thing or two about fundamentalists says that ...
Friday, November 4, 2005 ... more
Good news, hey?
Stephen Hawking would have been pleased with the predictions made by inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil at Time magazine's "The Future of Life" conference, held earlier this year.
Friday, October 28, 2005 ... more
In the absence of mass media the coffee houses emerged as the primary source of news and rumour. The coffee house that Edward Lloyd opened in 1687 near the Thames was the favourite haunt of seamen.
Friday, October 21, 2005 ... more
What they reveal Friday, October 14, 2005
In Fletch’s day Friday, October 7, 2005
Origin of the dollar Friday, September 30, 2005
Open mindedness Friday, September 23, 2005
Simple questions Friday, September 16, 2005
An older kid’s advise Friday, September 2, 2005
Money’s worth Friday, August 26, 2005
Enlightenment Wednesday, August 24, 2005
The need for innovation Friday, August 19, 2005
Who? Thursday, August 18, 2005
Real Monsters Friday, August 12, 2005
A paradox? Friday, August 5, 2005
Worth knowing Friday, July 29, 2005
Is it evil? Friday, July 22, 2005
What, no progress? Friday, July 15, 2005
Luck of the draw Thursday, July 14, 2005
The value of Zero Friday, July 8, 2005
Trouble with self-esteem Friday, July 1, 2005
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