Samir’s Selection 12/22/2012 (p.m.)
Lunch with the FT: Tyler Cowen – FT.com
For Cowen, people who can find inexpensive, tasty food are the same type of people that use information to make themselves more productive economically…
as with all good libertarians, his view of the world starts and ends with the individual – it’s about how you or I can use simple, free ideas to live richer (in all senses) lives…
“What I would like to vote for is a candidate that is socially liberal, a fiscal conservative, broadly libertarian with a small ‘l’ but sensible and pragmatic and with a chance of winning. That’s more or less the empty set.”
The Information Age, 1749 | The Enlightened Economist
“The information society existed long before the Internet… Men of letters developed conflicting views of public questions and consigned them to print; then, after weighing both sides of the debates, the public opted for the better argument. It could make mistakes of course, but ultimately truth would prevail, because truth really existed, in social questions as in mathematics….Public opinion therefore acted as the motor force of history.”
The best in narrative, 2012: Storyboard’s top picks in audio, magazines, newspapers and online – Nieman Storyboard – A project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
Tim Harford – We’re all couch potatoes now
“hyperbolic discounting” – Many of us have a tendency to avoid activities with long-term benefits and short-term costs, such as exercise, and conversely we love instant gratification.
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