Non-financial: January - March 2013 articles archive home
 
Focusing Illusion
The mismatch in the allocation of attention between thinking about a life condition and actually living it is the cause of the focusing illusion.
Thursday, March 28, 2013 ... more
 
 
1888
The Financial Times celebrates its 125th anniversary this month. To commemorate the occasion it took a look back at what else was invented in 1888. Turns out, it was a pretty good year, full of splendid achievements and dazzling innovations. Not least amongst them, the humble drinking straw.
Friday, March 22, 2013 ... more
 
 
Losers
Perhaps there is no feasible excuse for what we are, for what we have made of ourselves ... we think up our own destinies, and so in a sense deserve whatever happens to us, for not having had the wit to imagine something better.
Friday, March 15, 2013 ... more
 
 
Email’s “wants” …
… are among the most important factors shaping our lives. Seen from a certain angle, many working days can look and feel like little more than tending the insatiable needs of an inbox.
Friday, March 8, 2013 ... more
 
 
Never enough
Don’t have enough? Here’s a solution, live the faux life. Pretend you’ve got a big bank balance – so what if you haven’t? Use your expense account for private entertainment, date bankers, and sneak into snazzy parties without an invitation. Haven’t got the wardrobe for it? No matter.
Friday, March 1, 2013 ... more
 
 
Compromise
There can be no compromise between a property owner and a burglar; offering the burglar a single teaspoon of one's silverware would not be a compromise, but a total surrender - the recognition of his right to one's property.
Friday, February 22, 2013 ... more
 
 
And make no mistake about it …
… you are dumb. You’re a group of incredibly well-educated dumb people. We all were there. You’re barely functional. There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups, but the screw-ups, they’re a-coming for ya ...
Friday, February 15, 2013 ... more
 
 
What you think you know
Despite living in a time of dazzling science and technology, much of what is “common knowledge” is still wrong. This includes such well known facts as sugar makes kids go bonkers.
Friday, February 8, 2013 ... more
 
 
Value of a good degree
Consider the situation of a hiring decision maker at a large firm. She reads through a lot of resumés and interviews candidates. She develops hunches about who is and isn’t good. Our decision maker has real ability: the people she thinks are good are, on average, substantially better than the people she thinks are not so good. But there is huge uncertainty surrounding hiring outcomes.
Friday, February 1, 2013 ... more
 
 
We don't need to be 100% sure ...
... that the worst fears of climate scientists are correct in order to act. All we need to think about are the consequences of being wrong.
Friday, January 25, 2013 ... more
 
 
A third option
For the first time, our technologies are not so much aimed outward at modifying our environment in the fashion of fire, clothes, agriculture, cities and space travel. Instead, they are increasingly aimed inward at modifying our minds, memories, metabolisms, personalities and progeny.
Friday, January 18, 2013 ... more
 
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