Non-financial: July - September 2017 articles archive home
Easy out
It is remarkable how many of the problems we face in investing, financial planning and in life generally are attributable to our willingness, eagerness even, to think we have ďgot a good reason for taking the easy way out.Ē
Friday, September 29, 2017 ... more
In many areas of life, the truth doesnít enforce itself. It doesnít impose consequences on those who go against it. Examples of such areas include: politics, media, sales, entertainment, law, religion, and so on. In these areas, appearances tend to be more important than reality.
Friday, September 22, 2017 ... more
Not so positive
Pop psychology and the self-help industry reinforce a widespread belief that positive thinking can improve our moods and lead to beneficial life changes. But research in psychology suggests that indulging in undirected positive flights of fancy isnít always in our interest.
Friday, September 15, 2017 ... more
What if our faith in natureís knowability is just an illusion, a trick of the overconfident human mind? Thatís the working assumption behind a school of thought known as mysterianism. The mysterians propose that human intellect has boundaries
Friday, September 8, 2017 ... more
Wiswell's wisdom
Walking in Central Park one sunny day, carrying his toddler on the shoulders, Victor Niederhoffer spotted a man playing checkers under the trees. The meeting that ensued resulted in one of the most remarkable collections of proverbs ever assembled.
Friday, September 1, 2017 ... more
Future self
Considering your future self to be an entirely different person could have serious consequences. People who regard the future self as distinct should logically have no more reason to care about that future self
Friday, August 25, 2017 ... more
High road
Ben Franklin once said, ďIím not moral because itís the right thing to do, but because itís the best policy.Ē A market economy can only be sustained by certain standards, like trust, honesty, and fairness. Itís wrong to deceive people ó and itís also bad business.
Friday, August 18, 2017 ... more
From Tania Lombrozo Associate Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley: At the heart of scientific thinking is the systematic evaluation of alternative possibilities. The idea is so foundational that itís woven into the practice of science itself.
Friday, August 11, 2017 ... more
Trying too hard
When you try to stay on the surface of the water, you sink; but when you try to sink, you float. - Alan Watts

Itís only relatively recently that [we] have begun to think of happiness as Ö an obligation or entitlement, a natural human right. This had an unintended effect.
Friday, August 4, 2017 ... more
Ayn Rand
[If] you say that money is made by the strong at the expense of the weak, what strength do you mean? Is money made by the man who invents a motor at the expense of those who did not invent it?
Friday, July 28, 2017 ... more
Which way you should go depends on where you already are. It's good advice for anyone trying to make sense of the financial world, where the honest answer to nearly every question is, "It depends."
Friday, July 21, 2017 ... more
Day 2
ďJeff, what does Day 2 look like?Ē Thatís a question I got at a recent meeting. Iíve been reminding people that itís Day 1 for a couple of decades Ö Day 2 is stasis.
Friday, July 14, 2017 ... more
Friendly robot
Fear not the malevolent toaster, weaponized Roomba, or larcenous ATM. Breakthroughs in the competence of machines, intelligent or otherwise, should not drive paranoia about a future clash between humanity and its mechanical creations. - Robert Provine
Friday, July 7, 2017 ... more
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