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The Guardian Panel on the Piketty Phenomenon

Economists: …  their public arguments have an incestuous yet masturbatory quality that is exhausting to follow. The only field more self-confidently but just as regularly wrong as economics is nutrition, whose recommendations to shun butter/margarine or red meat/carbohydrates regularly reverse themselves.

POSTED — September 23, 2014 — In The Press

A Map of Spinoza’s Passions

The Derivative Relations Between the Emotions and Pain, Pleasure, and Desire

Formulated by Spinoza, Graphed by Me.

POSTED — July 14, 2014 — Photos

Things Ain’t What They Used To Be

Remarks delivered as part of a panel at the Columbia Conference on Systemic Risk, June 26, 2014.

On money: Leeson’s strategy, for all the glamor of trillion dollar losses, wasn’t very different from the cleaning lady of a man I know. She came weekly and always drank a little of his vodka while he was out. Then she filled the depleted bottle with water to the previous level.

On advertising: Franz Kafka once wrote: “I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.”

On universities: Where I grew up universities educated you and trained you for life, and the point of academic tenure was to liberate you from the obligation to raise money, to allow you to follow your interests where they led. Now it’s a different story.

POSTED — June 28, 2014 — Opinions

Great Rhymes

Incredibly clever lyrics and rhymes.

Can you capture them in sign language?

POSTED — June 10, 2014 — Opinions

Meetings with Remarkable Women

“I don’t know either of you, really,” said the Silk Woman after a drink, a cigarette and some mutual explanations of background and reason for travel. “But here we are and actually that’s good. We’ll never meet again, most likely. So let me tell you something.

POSTED — June 7, 2014 — Fiction

In the Beginthing

Intuition: a sudden temporary disappearance of the boundary between Inside and Outside.

POSTED — May 25, 2014 — Miscellany

Mach 2: Mach’s Principle Extended

In isolation, a single particle in an otherwise empty universe would have no mass.

In isolation, a single person would have no self-consiousness.

POSTED — April 20, 2014 — Opinions

Speech at Commencement 2014 to Berkeley MSE Grads

We can use our intuition, our scientific knowledge and our pedagogical skills to paint a picture of how think qualitatively, and then, within limits, quantitatively, about the world of human affairs, and in so doing, have an impact on how other people think.

POSTED — April 19, 2014 — Lectures

Money Creation

The miners who create the money have a phenomenal privllege.

POSTED — March 1, 2014 — Opinions


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