Non-financial: January - March 2009 articles archive home
Don’t you wish you were a cowboy?
Ever wish you could go back to live in simpler times? Being a cowboy, for instance, in the Wild West? Some folks will tell you that the U.S. ‘credit crisis’ ...
Friday, March 20, 2009 ... more
Right to disagree
I used to believe that there were experts and non-experts and that, on the whole, the judgment of experts is more accurate, more valid, and more correct than my own judgment.
Friday, March 13, 2009 ... more
Why it’s impossible not to feel deprived
Pervasive advertising usurps the emotional imagination to serve its own purpose. We become drawn to images or messages that play to our inner dissatisfactions …
Friday, March 6, 2009 ... more
For those with a mathematical bent
Maths question In the 1950s: A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?
Friday, February 27, 2009 ... more
A quiet force, as silent and powerful as gravity
However much people want esteem, it is an untradeable commodity: there is no way that I can buy the good opinion of another or sell to others my good opinion of them.
Friday, February 20, 2009 ... more
Predicting the future is difficult.
... you can't really fault the poor devil for not foreseeing quantum mechanics and relativity and the revolutionary impact they would have.
Friday, February 6, 2009 ... more
Too easy, too useless a task.
Now we know that we were wrong to think we’d never again see a 1930s-type crash, here are a few more tenets for dogmatists to look at.
Thursday, February 5, 2009 ... more
When time won’t heal wounds anymore
The artist Thomas Bayrle wrote that the great mistakes of the future would be that as everything became digital, we would confuse memory with storage.
Friday, January 30, 2009 ... more
It’s not going to change anything
To paraphrase Andre Gide, everything has been said before, but since nobody listens, we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
Friday, January 23, 2009 ... more
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