by Tyler Cowen
on June 14, 2010 at 9:59 am
1. Economic data on the World Cup.
2. 1942 Beethoven's 9th in the public domain, via Tim Harford.
3. China markets in everything.
4. The importance of Sidney Siegel.
5. The prickly side of oxytocin?
6. Athletes vs.musicians.
7. Pinker on media consumption.
Drug-addict Rush Limbaugh explained in one sentence: “Results showed that oxytocin drives a “tend and defend” response in that it promoted in-group trust and cooperation, and defensive, but not offensive, aggression toward competing out-groups.”
Hey, that site has Liszt!!! Thanks for the link 🙂
Yay on the 9th! Big thanks to Tim and Tyler, will download as soon as I’m on real Internet again.
From the public-domain-site with Beethoven on it:
“In japan, All files open to the public on this site are certainly lawful.
But, if you do not live in Japan, You might do not have to use files.
You should check the law of your country.”
US and JP are both signatories to the Berne Convention, fwiw
Pinker (item 7) writes: “These days scientists . . . rarely touch paper and cannot lecture without PowerPoint.” Really? Scientists don’t use papers to communicate and memorialize their work any more?
I’m a fan of both Edward Tufte and Steven Pinker, but Tufte wins this one. PowerPoint is evil. Bullet points with phrases don’t communicate as well as sentences with subjects and verbs.
Does anyone else ever get the impression that Robin Hanson may be talking out of his ass?
It’s the only impression I do get!
Hanson overlooks a simple fact. Star athletes, unlike musicians, derive a large part of their income from product endorsements. Seen Itzhak Perlman pushing Coca-Cola lately? Advertisers don’t want someone perceived as a jerk selling their products. (see, e.g., Woods, Tiger). Hence there is more attention paid to the behavior of stra athletes than to musicians.
Defensive aggression, prickly? Perhaps the outgroup is just greedy and uncivilized. Go in-group! Go in-group!
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