Tuesday (Monday?!) Highlights

Well, I seem to have lost a day to work and the 1st week of Lent.

  1. I think by the term “Wisdom” he means “being sneaky”. Or at least that word substitution makes for an interesting hermeneutic.
  2. Why does it help to multiply everything by ten all the time?
  3. The other side of the aisle would call that synergy and a good thing. They’re wrong.
  4. Mr Timber might recall the non-Democratic defense of the British commander by John Adams prior to the Revolution.
  5. Hmm.
  6. But bias? Is this bigotry? No, not possible. Heh.
  7. On fasting.
  8. Philosophy meets maths.
  9. Seriously? A taster? I’m appalled.
  10. The missing articles in the paper about the recent gun debate look like this.
  11. I’ve warned about this before, more and more it’s who you know that matters.
  12. 20k and growing.
  13. Returning to that master race science fiction epic.

4 Responses to Tuesday (Monday?!) Highlights

  1. 11.I’ve warned about this before, more and more it’s who you know that matters.

    I suggest ‘Twilight of the Elites’. Less about who you know and more about ‘testing well’. And it’s not even primarily gov’t. On Wall Street bond traders used to start in the mail room. Now they ‘must’ come from ivy league schools. Why? No objective reason.

  2. 6.But bias? Is this bigotry? No, not possible. Heh.

    It seems pretty clear markets tend to form niches. Why are almost all talk radio shows right wing? Ditto for US tabloid newspapers (for those who still have local tabloids)? Because the population is? What happened last election?

    Or for that matter why does NYC make bagels and Philly cheesesteak? It seems rather random forces ‘lock in’ on type of product and competition then proceeds to increase specialization in that product. Hence NYC begal shops compete to be NYC’s ‘best’ while leaving cheesesteak more or less alone.

    It’s easy to see how this might happen in academia. A department has a great professor. Junior professors try to outdo him by going beyond his work. The U of Chicago, for example, is well known to have lots of classical, anti-Keynesian, economics profs. But why no diversity? Perhaps because diversity is inherently unstable in complex systems unless you purposefully make an effort to keep it a feature.

    In other words one must take some *affirmative action* in such markets.

  3. Boonton,

    In other words one must take some *affirmative action* in such markets.

    Huh. Now that’s an idea. Use the thing which does the opposite of what you desire and … expand it.

    It is, on the other hand, interesting to see those people who tout diversity as a positive thing without question not practicing it. And furthermore the first thing they suggest to fix it is that thing which isn’t working.

    Uhm, I’ve gotten really good cheesesteak in mid to northern Jersey. *And* good bagels. Odd that. Betcha can even get a good cheesesteak in NYC.

  4. Uhm, I’ve gotten really good cheesesteak in mid to northern Jersey. *And* good bagels. Odd that. Betcha can even get a good cheesesteak in NYC.

    And no doubt you’ll find conservative Yale law grads. Nonetheless niches and concentrations do exist as a ‘natural order’ of things.

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