Non-financial: October - December 2014 articles archive home
You don't like New Year's Eve?
Are you insane? It's literally the best holiday ever. You just party all night and it doesn't matter what you do because the year's over and you get a brand new start in the morning.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 ... more
 
 
Santa
Santa is the world's richest man. He may not be in the gift giving business for the big bucks, but Santa still needs money to keep his operation rolling. And to pay for the elves' dental plan.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 ... more
 
 
Holidays
As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations … it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.
Friday, December 19, 2014 ... more
 
Who knows?
Isn't it all a question of brain chemistry, signals going back and forth, electrical energy in the cortex? How do you know whether something is really what you want to do or just some kind of nerve impulse in the brain?
Friday, December 12, 2014 ... more
 
 
The scientific method ...
people tend to believe in “the law of small numbers”; that is, they tend to generalize from small amounts of data. So, if the first four tosses of a coin give, say, three heads, many people will start to believe that the next toss is likely to be tails.
Friday, December 5, 2014 ... more
 
Sacroscant
Each of us possesses certain foundational beliefs—narratives about the self, ideas about the social order—that essentially cannot be violated: To contradict them would call into question our very self-worth.
Friday, November 28, 2014 ... more
 
 
A certain type of humility
You can't do the big things in this world unless you have the sort of humility that makes a fellow proud of a chance to work George Lorimer tells us in his Letters From A Merchant to his Son.
Friday, November 21, 2014 ... more
 
Ignorance
American author William Feather once wrote that being educated means “being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.” As it turns out, this simple ideal is extremely hard to achieve.
Friday, November 14, 2014 ... more
 
 
Career advice
When companies are growing quickly and having a lot of impact, careers take care of themselves. And when companies aren’t growing quickly or their missions don’t matter as much, that’s when stagnation and politics come in.
Friday, November 7, 2014 ... more
 
Except for regret
Suppose you have to choose between a lifetime income of $1,000,000 or a risky bet, which will give you a lifetime income of $100,000,000 with 10% probability, or $200,000 with 90% probability.
Friday, October 31, 2014 ... more
 
 
Reversification
What often vexes in the language of money is something called “reversification” — a process by which words take on a meaning that is the opposite of, or at least very different from, their initial sense.
Friday, October 24, 2014 ... more
 
Governments
Disagree with someone on the right and he is likely to think you obtuse, wrong, sentimental, foolish; disagree with someone on the left and he is more likely to think you selfish, cold-hearted, evil.
Friday, October 17, 2014 ... more
 
 
John & Jane
John and Jane seem to be sliding ever deeper into debt and don’t quite know what to do about it.
Friday, October 10, 2014 ... more
 
The business of getting married Friday, October 3, 2014
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