Assorted links

by on July 24, 2007 at 1:17 pm in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. The earthquake that is Germany, Germany is recovering and sustainably

2. The corporate book event is growing

3. Does radio play hurt record sales?  Stan Liebowitz says yes

4. Steven Pinker’s list of dangerous ideas

5. Are bonobos really sweet and playful?

1 paul July 24, 2007 at 1:29 pm

Re the dangerous ideas: I’d say a bit more than half are true.

How could anyone be “appalled?” Or have his blood pressure rise. Actually, I am appalled that these ideas could be regarded as outside the pale.

2 DK July 24, 2007 at 8:57 pm

paul, i’m appalled by the number of ridiculous generalizations in Pinker’s questions. IMHO asking questions about “women on average”, “African Americans vs whites”, or “religions” as a whole just promotes sloppy thinking.

If you want a dangerous idea, try Seth Roberts’ radically individualist approach to research. Genetic and neural research is going to lead to more emphasis on individual characteristics, not less.

3 Yan Li July 25, 2007 at 10:00 am

Just a casual observation: in the bonobo article, a female researcher found chimp males violent; and then a bunch of male researchers found bonobo females violent.

4 Cannon July 28, 2007 at 10:32 pm

Doesn’t surprise me that radio doesn’t equal album sales. Who wants to listen to something 100 times in a month? Maybe if the radio play wasn’t selected by the Big Four. I dunno, perhaps a different model for ownership and revenue streams would help artists. We will be unveiling one this fall.

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