Non-financial: January - March 2012 articles archive home
Born loser
The little sad-looking man, who’d spent his whole life “in haberdashery”, wasn’t going to try his luck at the roulette table, he didn’t see the point. He’d never won anything in his life, not even a coin toss.
Friday, March 30, 2012 ... more
Compared to our average peer, most of us fancy ourselves as more intelligent, better looking, less prejudiced, more ethical, healthier, and likely to live longer — a phenomenon recognized in Freud's joke about the man who told his wife, "If one of us should die, I shall move to Paris."
Friday, March 23, 2012 ... more
Could always be worse
Things could always be worse. Is this cause for optimism? And if so, is this a form of optimism worth having – a wimpy, agnostic, noncommittal, damn-with-faint-praise kind of optimism? Quite the contrary.
Friday, March 16, 2012 ... more
The vision thing
Just as vision is the stuff of leadership, so too is it the stuff of manic tirade, of schizophrenic hallucination, of grandiose delusion. The fact is that some would-be emancipators never cast off their status as cranks and some potentially great leaders are never seen as more than fanatics, means that possession of a vision, by itself, is not enough to create a successful leader.
Friday, March 9, 2012 ... more
At the root of our optimism
We tend to be more optimistic than realistic. On average, we expect things to turn out better than they do. We believe the future will be much better than the past
Friday, March 2, 2012 ... more
An ugly precedent
Even if developed countries rein in their profligate use of fossil fuels, the emerging Asian giants of China and India will more than make up the difference.
Friday, February 24, 2012 ... more
Burning bridges
In 210 BC, a Chinese commander named Xiang Yu led his troops across the Yangtze River to attack the army of the Qin (Ch’in) dynasty. Pausing on the banks of the river for the night, his troops awakened in the morning to find, to their horror, that their ships were burning
Friday, February 17, 2012 ... more
Messages of power
Nonverbal behaviour in general largely takes place unconsciously. When you look at the portrait of a person, do you consciously observe how much of the body the portrait depicts in addition to the face? Most people say they don’t.
Friday, February 10, 2012 ... more
The Landscape
The Anthropic Principle: a principle that seeks to explain the laws of physics, and the constants of nature, by saying, "If they were different, intelligent life would not exist to ask why laws of nature are what they are."
Friday, February 3, 2012 ... more
In the wake of Steve Jobs’s death, we’ve seen a profusion of myths about the company’s success. Most tend to ignore the crucial figure in Apple’s creation: a kindly, introverted engineering wizard, Steve Wozniak.
Friday, January 27, 2012 ... more
Brother ...
… you have now become a great people, and we have scarcely a place left to spread our blankets. You have got our country, but are not satisfied; you want to force your religion upon us.

Friday, January 20, 2012 ... more
John Templeton …
Suppose you went to your priest and asked for help — he would refer you to the Bible, but if you went the next day to your medical doctor, and he referred you to the book of Hippocrates, which was written at about the same time as the Bible, you would think that was a little old-fashioned.
Friday, January 13, 2012 ... more
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