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Assorted links for 11/15/2019

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1. How to turn the complex mathematics of vector calculus into simple pictures (science, MIT Technology Review) 2. In Data Journalism, Tech Matters Less Than the People (media, NYT) 3. Everything You Wanted to Know about Hazelnuts but Were Afraid to Ask (food, JSTOR) 4. The toxic killers in our air too small to see (health, BBC Futures) 5. Against Economics (book, The New York Review of Books) Money and Government: The Past and Future […]

Open Borders

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Economist Bryan Caplan makes a bold case for unrestricted immigration in this fact-filled graphic nonfiction. American policy-makers have long been locked in a heated battle over whether, how many, and what kind of immigrants to allow to live and work in the country. Those in favor of welcoming more immigrants often cite humanitarian reasons, while those in favor of more restrictive laws argue the need to protect native citizens. But economist Bryan Caplan adds a […]

Assorted links for 09/11/2019

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1. Where Quantum Probability Comes From by Sean Caroll (science, Quanta) 2. A Famous Argument Against Free Will Has Been Debunked (science, The Atlantic) 3. ‘Ulysses’ on Trial by Michael Chabon (history, books, The New York Review of Books) 4. A New Timeline of the Day the Dinosaurs Began to Die Out (science, NYT) 5. The Massive Cost of Not Adapting to Climate Change (climate, economics, Fortune)

Talking to strangers

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With ‘Talking to Strangers,’ Malcolm Gladwell Goes Dark. Human beings are by nature trusting — of people, technology, everything. Often, we’re too trusting, with tragic results. But if we didn’t suppress thoughts of worst-case scenarios, we’d never leave the house. We definitely wouldn’t go on dating apps or invest in stocks or let our kids take gymnastics. (…) The “default to truth” theory is Mr. Gladwell’s latest obsession and the theme of his first book […]

A Hidden Order of Reality

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Books / culture / People

Claude Lévi-Strauss’ (1908-2009) chef-d’oeuvre Tristes Tropiques (1955) is there among the top 50 books of the XXth century. It is also one of the books that influenced me a lot when I was a teenager. I read it at least three times. It was novel, exotic, and very inspiring. Maybe it is one of the reasons why I live now on the equator. There is a new biography of Levi-Strauss. Anthropology at that time was […]

Assorted links for 08/12/2019

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Books / economics / Links

1. Can you step in the same river twice? Wittgenstein v Heraclitus by David Egan (philosophy) 2. Counting Calories to Stay Fit? There’s a Trillion Little Problems With That (health) 3. Great Ideas Are Growing Scarce. That’s Not So Great by Noah Smith (innovation) 4. Yes, There Is a Trade-Off Between Inflation and Unemployment by Greg Mankiw (economics) 5. The economics of bubbles by Brent Goldfarb and David A Kirsch (economics) and their new book: […]