Non-financial: January - March 2017 articles archive home
Why trade
Comparative advantage is an important idea, that can be hard to grasp. To illustrate the point, consider the economist’s device of simplifying matters to see the underlying point. You and I are on a desert island, harvesting coconuts and catching fish
Friday, March 31, 2017 ... more
In the real world
So, what’s it like in the real world? Well, the food is better, but beyond that, I don’t recommend it .. work is hard. Change is hard. Taking a long look in the mirror is hard.
Friday, March 24, 2017 ... more
Negative stimuli command more attention than positive stimuli. Pain feels worse than no pain feels good, as the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer put it, “we feel pain, but not painlessness.”
Friday, March 17, 2017 ... more
Business Advice from George Horace Lorimer: ON DECISIVENESS “The man who can make up his mind quick, makes up other people’s minds for them. RULES “Some men think that rules should be made of cast iron; I believe they should be made of rubber
Friday, March 10, 2017 ... more
Space debris
The clutter in low-earth orbit has grown rapidly over the past decade. In January 2007, the Chinese government destroyed an aged weather satellite in a missile test, creating what was estimated to be 2,500 pieces of new debris.
Friday, March 3, 2017 ... more
Not natural
The two rules for what lived and died, over the long term, were pretty clear: natural selection and random mutation. But over the last century or two, and especially over the last decade, humans fundamentally altered these rules.
Friday, February 24, 2017 ... more
Every mischance in life is an opportunity to behave well, an opportunity to learn something, and your duty is not to be submerged in self-pity but to utilize the terrible blow in a constructive fashion.
Friday, February 17, 2017 ... more
What to read
There are two kinds of authors: those who write for the subject’s sake, and those who write for writing’s sake. The first kind have had thoughts or experiences which seem to them worth communicating, while the second kind need money and consequently write for money.
Friday, February 10, 2017 ... more
Ever felt an irrational distrust of a stranger on a bus? It could be because your unconscious is constantly making fast judgements. And they are often pretty accurate. Our subconscious mind spends a great deal of time analysing the world, looking for patterns and relationships that help us navigate through life.
Friday, February 3, 2017 ... more
The ego we see most commonly goes by a more casual definition: an unhealthy belief in our own importance. Arrogance. Self-centred ambition. It’s that petulant child every person, the one that chooses getting his or her way over anything or anyone else.
Friday, January 27, 2017 ... more
Cancer is often described as a sped-up version of Darwinian evolution. Through a series of advantageous mutations, the tumour—this hopeful monster—becomes fitter and fitter within the ecosystem of your body.
Friday, January 20, 2017 ... more
Something to say?
I remember reading once that some fellows use language to conceal thought; but it's been my experience that a good many more use it instead of thought. A business man's conversation should be regulated by fewer and simpler rules They are: Have something to say. Say it. Stop talking.
Friday, January 13, 2017 ... more
Worry about
Most worst case scenarios for 2017 share a common theme that involves the use of WMDs by ISIS, a crippling Cyber Attack of some sort and something to do with either Pyongyang or The Taliban. As horrific as these would be in retrospect it’s often something unpredictable or far less terrifying that ends up doing the damage.
Friday, January 6, 2017 ... more
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