by Tyler Cowen
on October 11, 2013 at 2:37 pm
in Uncategorized |
1. The culture that is Dutch.
2. Claims about self-assembling robots (speculative).
3. Penelope Lively on aging.
4. Wikipedia page for Average is Over. And Peter Lawler on Average is Over.
5. Some neuro evidence that your coffee is still too cheap.
6. “These are not tranquil times in the Meyer-Chabris household.”
4. I was in a business negotiation and my smart phone told me to lean over and kiss her!
Then it asked me to rate the experience 1-10.
#5 But Starbucks can’t charge the marginal value since they are not a monopoly… geez.
I mean value to the consumer.
Yes, exactly. At best, this show that consumer surplus is positive. If Starbucks charged maximum willingness-to-pay, they would lose all of their customers to other chains. The sensational tone of the article is simply silly.
Now let’s ignore this ignorant little pseud forever.
But he’s Canadian, and admiring all things Canadian is the most important sign of sophistication.
1. Design-exercise bicycles are the lowest form of engineering.
Gladwell glosses the degree to which he encourages the more dramatic interpretation of his books. He adopts the more considered position only when challenged. The general Gladwell form is something like:
- Here’s this factor that is surprisingly more significant than you’d think
- Here are examples of this in action
- But wait it’s even more powerful than we thought!
- IT’S ALMOST THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS
- but maybe not if you look really close
#2 is blogspam. Link directly to the video. NaturalWorldNews is one of the internet’s #1 purveyors of bullshit, misinfo. and pseudoscience and doesn’t need the publicity.
Hey Tyler, I will review your book if you will link to it. Let me know on Twitter, not here.
@#3 – Ms. Lively–what a name for an old person!–mentions the Canadian author Saul Bellow. You won’t find this on his Wikipedia page, but Bellow is admirable for old men because he fathered a daughter at age 84, then died six years later at age 90. And he married five times. Reference: NY Times archival article: “The book is less kind to Bellow’s fifth wife, Janis Freedman, with whom he had a daughter, Naomi Rose, at the age of 84. “
Well, his wife had a daughter when he was 84. Claims that he gathered a daughter at that age are speculative.
Nothing like watching social darwinism being revived – ‘The truth is that the hyper-productive will live in their own world and usually marry each other. So the heritability of intelligence will contribute to the cognitively-based class division.’
And how many generations will this sorting require? And it isn’t as if the last 3 generations provide much guidance – unless you think that those who communist systems considered ‘hyper-productive’ two generations ago (those in the best graces of the party) had children in the last generation that fit your definition of ‘hyper-productive’ today. And whose current children born in the last several years are destined to rule the Soviet Union in the future, presumably.
Such familiar fairy telling – for example, many of the ‘hyper-productive’ are inheritors of wealth, in a wonderfully tautalogical loop, as the way this putative ‘hyper-productivity’ is meaured is through wealth. In other words, the children of the rich get to read about how the entire world that is coming is to be designed to meet their needs, which are anything but average. At least according to those pandering – ooops – marketing to them.
Like a filthy hobo on a street corner, talking to himself incoherently. Damnit deinstitutionalization, another thing to blame Reagan for!
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