Assorted links

by on June 3, 2010 at 5:09 am in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. On-line introverts.

2. Theological implications of the simulation argument.

3. Markets in everything: on-line gaming, scouting report edition.

4. New cemeteries for Hong Kong: where to put them?

5. Wisdom and Sumner.

Andrew June 3, 2010 at 5:38 am

5. “Just throw some labor and capital together.† OK, but then why don’t other countries “do that?†
“I just did a post that said it’s absurd to argue that China’s growth is a miracle. Now I seem to be making the opposite argument….But sustained 10% growth certainly is unusual. China is like a balloon that was held far under water, and then the government let go.”

Floccina (I think) made a point well that I was thinking. The “miracle” is that it was so easy for government to hold so many people back for so long. This is what we should be studying, and what scares the hell out of me. Maybe the silver lining is that people can collaborate extremely effectively even behind terrible ideas.

Right Wing-Nut June 3, 2010 at 9:14 am

Andrew:

I suggest that as a starting point, you might want to distinguish between government and culture. They are not the same, but they do influence each other. There is a phrase in certain less-wealthy portions of the US–“He’s been educated beyond his upbringing”. It’s NOT a compliment. This is the white equivalent of the term “acting white” common among the black underclass (and apparently, also present in the American Indian and Hispanic underclasses as well). Change that cultural ethic–that advanced education, hard work and thrift are to be avoided–and you will have an economic “miracle” among these subpopulations in the US as well.

As for China I suspect that late industrialization probably accounts for most of what we see. The Chinese have been very late to industrialize. I don’t know, but I have reason to suspect that they are still in the process of industrializing. We have a special term for the process because it has such a dramatic impact on the economy (among other things). Furthermore, since they are so late, they can take advantage of hundreds of years of hard-won knowledge almost immediately, (the growth from industrialization is both compressed in time and greater in extent).

I don’t think there is a need to rehearse why China industrialized so late here.

nelsonal June 3, 2010 at 9:55 am

Re 3:
A competitor implimented that better 6 years ago, it was free, and you could play the profile of your oppenent (or even yourself), too bad they pursued a value strategy and had to tie most of the corporate resources into making GTA updates, so they weren’t competitive with EA’s offer for exclusive NFL rights.

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A competitor implimented that better 6 years ago, it was free, and you could play the profile of your oppenent (or even yourself), too bad they pursued a value strategy and had to tie most of the corporate resources into making GTA updates, so they weren’t competitive with EA’s offer for exclusive NFL rights.

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