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Assorted links for 11/06/2019

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1. A startup just announced the world’s first fake-meat “steaks” made from fungi. Are we ready? (new-food, The New Food Economy) 2. Tales From the Teenage Cancel Culture (new-culture, NYT) 3. Economic Incentives Don’t Always Do What We Want Them To (economics, NYT) 4. The Happy, Healthy Capitalists of Switzerland (society, NYT) 5. Environmental Challenges Ahead for Coffee Beans (climate, JSTOR) Advertisements

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)

Assorted links for 09/04/2019

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1. The science of senolytics: how a new pill could spell the end of ageing (medicine, The Guardian) 2. The ‘ghost work’ powering tech magic (society, BBC) 3. The Geography of Risk by Gilbert M. Gaul (economics, Longreads) Americans have built $3 trillion worth of property in some of the riskiest places on earth, so why do taxpayers have to pay for the hurricane damage to rich coastal communities? 4. America, the Gerontocracy by Timothy Noah […]

Assorted links for 09/03/2019

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1. Clumps of cells in the lab spontaneously formed brain waves (science) 2. Nudging Doesn’t Scale Nationally: Repeated text message, email and mail reminders from a state’s college system and the Common Application did not prompt more students to apply for FAFSA, a study finds. (economics) Not really a big a surprise, is it? Remember this failure? 3. Could expanding access to contraception improve economic outcomes? (health, economics, PBS) 4. Privacy is power (privacy, Aeon) […]

Assorted links for 08/29/2018

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1. The great book scare (history, Smithsonian) 2. Why Not Hi-tech Forms? by Robin Hanson A half century ago, when people tried to imagine a future full of computers, I’m sure one of the most obvious predictions they made is that we today wouldn’t have to work so hard to fill out forms. Filling out forms seemed then to be a very mechanical task, based on explicit mechanical rules. So once computers had enough space […]

Assorted links for 08/17/2019

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1. Super Sad True Chef Story by Samuel Ashworth 2. Silicon phoenix: A gifted child, an adventure, a dark time, and then … a pivot? How Silicon Valley rewrote America’s redemption narrative by Cat McGowan Also: There are no better stories in failures This paper presents evidence of performance persistence in entrepreneurship. We show that entrepreneurs with a track record of success are much more likely to succeed than first-time entrepreneurs and those who have […]

Somethin’s brewin’

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decision-making / economics / psychology

There is a very interesting debate going on for some time already about a psychological effect called “loss aversion” [1]. This effect, and many other similar psychological effects describing the peculiarities of human decision making, underpins the field of behavioral economics and behavioral finance. This effect has been called a fallacy. The popular idea that avoiding losses is a bigger motivator than achieving gains is not supported by the evidence. To get up to speed: […]