1. Top-down cosmology, from Stephen Hawking: "Out of this profusion of beginnings, the vast majority withered away without leaving any real imprint on the Universe we know today. Only a tiny fraction of them blended to make the current cosmos, Hawking and Hertog claim."  Hat tip to Jason Kottke.

2. France yields on iTunes, sort of.

3. A listing of libertarian professors; apparently I still make the grade.

4. Bryan Caplan doubts himself.  Beware the intelligent argument, it may seduce you.

5. "People are going to be having sex with robots within five years."

6. Larry Summers offers investment advice: poor countries should buy fewer U.S. Treasury securities and more equities.


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