Non-financial: July - September 2014 articles archive home
 
Which stories?
We are primed to use stories. Part of our survival as a species depended upon listening to the stories of our tribal elders as they shared parables and passed down their experience and the wisdom of those who went before.
Friday, September 26, 2014 ... more
 
Start-ups
A big company is like a giant galley driven by a thousand rowers. Two things keep the speed of the galley down. One is that individual rowers don’t see any result from working harder. The other is that the average rower is likely to be pretty average.
Friday, September 19, 2014 ... more
 
 
That thing …
… that we all spend all our time not thinking about directly: that we are so tiny and at the mercy of large forces and that time is always passing and that every day we've lost one more day that will never come back.
Friday, September 12, 2014 ... more
 
Regret
Studies show that about nine out of ten people expect to feel more regret when they foolishly switch stocks than when they foolishly fail to switch stocks.
Friday, September 5, 2014 ... more
 
 
Spending's OK too
If you bought David Bowie albums in the ‘70s, instead of squirreling away your money for a ‘rainy day’, you probably did the right thing.
Friday, August 29, 2014 ... more
 
Who you are
To put our faith in tangible goals would seem to be, at best, unwise. So we [should] not strive to be firemen, we [should] not strive to be bankers, nor policemen, nor doctors. We [should] strive to be ourselves.
Friday, August 22, 2014 ... more
 
 
Knowing the difference
An essential skill in alleviating our money worries is the ability to distinguish between wants and needs. The distinction is useful in warding off mere desires, like the longing for the latest shiny gadget with little utilitarian value.
Friday, August 15, 2014 ... more
 
 
At our most stupid
We all have self-cures for strong feeling. Then the self-cure becomes a problem, in the obvious sense that the problem of the alcoholic is not alcohol but sobriety.
Friday, August 8, 2014 ... more
 
Brave new world
Alongside Orwell's dark vision, there was another - slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
Friday, August 1, 2014 ... more
 
 
Ray Bradbury on …
Why is it that in a society with a Puritan heritage we have such completely ambivalent feelings about Work? We feel guilty, do we not, if not busy?
Friday, July 25, 2014 ... more
 
 
Extract …
Forget about academia, you’ve done your work, start celebrating your success, start reaping your rewards, start living your lives to the full in the real nasty, sexy world out there.
Friday, July 18, 2014 ... more
 
Charlie talks about ...
Lots of people are very smart in terms of passing tests and making rapid calculations, but they make one asinine decision after another because they have terrible streaks of nuttiness.
Friday, July 11, 2014 ... more
 
 
Misapprehensions
Don: "Up until the age of 25, I believed that 'invective' was a synonym for 'urine'."
BBC: "Why ever would you have thought that?"
Friday, July 4, 2014 ... more
 
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