Non-financial: October - December 2010 articles archive home
A wack in the head with a brick
"I was lucky," says Steve Jobs, "I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired."
Friday, December 10, 2010 ... more
Mind your own business
To plan what a whole class of people ought to do is to feel one’s self a power on earth, to win a public position, to clothe one’s self in dignity. Hence we have an unlimited supply of reformers, philanthropists, humanitarians, and would-be managers-in general of society.
The danger of minding other people’s business is twofold. First, there is the danger that a man may leave his own business unattended to; and, second, there is the danger of an impertinent interference with another’s affairs ...
Friday, December 3, 2010 ... more
Climb to live longer.
In an experiment, led by Jay Kaplan at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, involving
macaques - small primates that live in a rigid social hierarchy – scientists found that those of high rank were less likely to develop heart disease, while those forced to struggle to maintain their status experienced a rise in arterial plaque even when fed a low-fat diet.
Friday, November 26, 2010 ... more
lacking in gregarious impulse
Gentlemen talk a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practiced. But I am sorry to say that of late it has been so much hackneyed about that it is in danger of falling into disgrace. The very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes. - Robert Walpole
Friday, November 19, 2010 ... more
If there is no heaven for you.
Man seems to be rickety poor sort of thing, any way you take him; a kind of British Museum of infirmities and inferiorities. He is always undergoing repairs. A machine that was as unreliable as he is would have no market … for style, look at the Bengal Tiger – that ideal of grace and beauty, physical perfection, majesty. And then look at man – that poor thing. He is the animal of the Wig, the Trepanned Skull, the Ear Trumpet, the Glass Eye ...
Friday, November 12, 2010 ... more
Why we fear the wrong things
Flying may be scary, but driving the same distance should be many times scarier. So. why do we fear the wrong things? Asked David Myers in an article published by the American Psychological Society. “Why do so many smokers (that shortens their lives by five years) fret before flying (which shortens life by one day)? Why do we fear terrorism more than accidents-which kill nearly as many per week in just the United States as did terrorism in all of the 1990s?”
Friday, November 5, 2010 ... more
The onboard computer & pilot
The emotional brain is especially useful at helping us make hard decisions. Its massive computational power – its ability to process millions of bits of data in parallel – insures that you can analyze all the relevant information when assessing alternatives. Mysteries are broken down in manageable chunks, which are then translated into practical feelings.
Friday, October 29, 2010 ... more
Don’t wait
The problem of those who wait - it requires luck and much that is incalculable if a human being in whom there slumbers the solution of a problem is to act - at the right time. Usually it does not happen, and in every corner of the earth there are people waiting who hardly know to what extent they are waiting but even less that they are waiting in vain.
Friday, October 22, 2010 ... more
That illusive thing
So far, the single most important discovery in happiness research is the idea of hedonic adaptation. Put simply, we take things for granted after a while. When you buy a car, for a while you cherish it, but within a year you're totally used to it. The more you can do to slow down that pattern of getting used to things, the better. - James Montier.
Friday, October 15, 2010 ... more
Unfounded fears.
New forms of media have always caused moral panics,” said Steven Pinker, in a recent New York Times article. “The printing press, newspapers, paperbacks and television were all once denounced as threats to their consumers’ brainpower and moral fiber.
Friday, October 8, 2010 ... more
Don't wait for it to happen.
American actor Bradley Whitford won the 2003 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor for the role he played as deputy chief of staff Josh Lyman in the TV series The West Wing. The following year he had this to say to the graduates of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Friday, October 1, 2010 ... more
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