A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: December, 2019

Read : 2019-12-24

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Why you can’t help but act your age” by Anil Ananthaswamy (Nautilus, 2017-06).
  2. How bad is tech use for kids, really?” by Nir Eyal (NirandFar, ????).
  3. What unites Republicans may be changing. Same with Democrats.” by Perry Bacon Jr. (FiveThirtyEight, 2019-12-17).
  4. Photons, quasars and the possibility of free will” by Brian Koberlein (Scientific American, 2018-11-21).
  5. My semester with the snowflakes” by James Hatch (Medium, 2019-12-21). A sincere reflection by a 52-year-old former Navy SEAL and current freshman at Yale.

Read : 2019-12-23

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Chocolate: The ultimate guide for informed indulgers” by Simran Sethi (Wall Street Journal, 2019-12-19).
  2. Master stockpicker Peter Lynch: If you only invest in an index, you’ll never beat it” by Leslie P. Norton (Barron’s, 2019-12-20).
  3. You should be freaking out about privacy” (NY Times, 2019-12-20). Video (12m15s). I appreciate raising people’s awareness of facts and risks. I appreciate less the flagrant fear-mongering and being told what to think and how to respond.

Reference : Amazon pricing

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Quick introduction to Amazon pricing strategies” by Monica Axinte (DataFeedWatch).
  2. Pricing perfection? Tearing down Amazon Prime’s pricing” by Patrick Campbell (Price Intelligently, 2019-08-13).
  3. Amazon changes prices on its products about every 10 minutes — here’s how and why they do it” by Neel Mehta, Parth Detroja, & Aditya Agashe (Business Insider, 2018-08-10).

Read : 2019-12-20

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Confirmation bias: Why you make terrible life choices” by Nir Eyal (Psychology Today, 2017-10-17).

Read : 2019-12-18

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Graduate students strike” by Marina N. Bolotnikova (Harvard Magazine, 2020-01/02).
  2. Forum: Doing less harm” by David Hemenway (Harvard Magazine, 2020-01/02).
  3. The mystery of mathematics” by Jacob Barandes (Harvard Magazine, 2020-01/02).
  4. Famous fluid equations spring a leak” by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2019-12-18).
  5. What is chocolate? Don’t go through the rest of your life not knowing” by Alex Beggs (Basically, 2019-12-11).
  6. Why California should not adopt New York’s ‘right to shelter’” by Deborah Padgett (OZY, 2019-12-18).
  7. A surveillance net blankets China’s cities, giving police vast powers” by Paul Mozur & Aaron Krolik (NY Times, 2019-12-11).

Read : 2019-12-17

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The threat of tribalism” by Amy Chua & Jed Rubenfeld (The Atlantic, 2018-10). The article, as I understand it, argues that Americans no longer support political principles but rather political parties — really, political teams — which have become deeply entwined with identity politics. I suspect this has been the case for most of America’s history (perhaps this is explored in the embedded video, which I did not watch).
    American democracy, as established by its founders in the late 1700s, entrenched race-based slavery and categorically disenfranchised women. It guaranteed religious freedom, separation of church and state, and (with the 14th Amendment 100 years later) jus soli (a.k.a. birthright citizenship). The authors quote John Adams and George Washington warning about political parties, especially powerful ones opposed to each other. (Ironic, when the system of law in the country was set up in this model. If politics attracts legal types, and legal types are reared in this framework, it seems natural that politics will revert to the existing legal model.)

    Americans on both the left and the right now view their political opponents not as fellow Americans with differing views, but as enemies to be vanquished. And they have come to view the Constitution not as an aspirational statement of shared principles and a bulwark against tribalism, but as a cudgel with which to attack those enemies.

  2. In impeachment, tribalization of politics becomes almost complete” by Gerald F. Seib (The Wall Street Journal, 2019-12-16).
  3. Merry and bright?” by Colleen Walsh (The Harvard Gazette, 2019-12-16). Expectation, mindset, and gratitude.
  4. Scaring people into supporting backdoors” by Bruce Schneier (2019-12-12).

Read : 2019-12-14

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Mathematician proves huge result on ‘dangerous’ problem” by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2019-12-11). An article on Terry Tao’s recent contribution to the Collatz conjecture. The article cites this 2011 blog post by Tao, which in turn cites this xkcd comic.
  2. What would Jesus do about inequality?” by Molly Worthen (NY Times, 2019-12-13).

Read : 2019-12-10

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Cops see an encryption problem. Spyware makers see an opportunity.” by Patrick Howell O’Neill (MIT Technology Review, 2019-12-10).
  2. A plea for mercy” by Liz Mineo (The Harvard Gazette, 2019-12-09).
  3. What ails modern liberalism?” by John A. Griffin (Harvard Magazine, 2019-11/12).

Read : 2019-12-09

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Finland is a capitalist paradise” by Anu Partanen & Trevor Corson (NY Times, 2019-12-07).
  2. Down with the meritocracy” by Michael Young (The Guardian, 2001-06-28).
  3. How neural networks work — and why they’ve become a big business” by Timothy B. Lee (Ars Technica, 2019-12-02).
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Read : 2019-12-07

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Neuroscience shows psychopaths can use emotional intelligence to harm. Here’s how to protect yourself” by Justin Bariso (Inc., 2018-07-25). For me, the interesting assertion in this article is that some people (the article focuses on psychopaths) seem to be able to switch empathy on and off — and can use this for self-advantage.
  2. Top books of 2019 for performance and wellbeing” by Steve Magness & Brad Stulberg (Growth Equation, 2019-12).
  3. Baylor, Texas, Stanford, Wisconsin get top 4 NCAA seeds, insight from committee chair” by Lee Feinswog (Volleyball Mag, 2019-12-01).