Recent reading reflecting my interests

September 15th, 2009 by Reinder

The Livejournal community Pollanesque.
The blog Unconventional Ideas: living meaningfully in a period of epochal change.
Some cracking reads from the Financial Times online:

Some cracking reads - actually, many of them, at Charlie Stross's diary:

  • Doing our bit, a skeptical look at The Guardian's campaign to reduce the carbon emissions of its readership by 10% by 2010. Summary: most of what the 10:10 campaign proposes is either illegal for him to do, or he's already doing it, or it doesn't contribute all that much compared to the kerosine slurping elephant in his living room.
  • Chrome-plated jackboots: what the political threats of the 21st century are not going to be.
  • Stross's chat with Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman has been ruffling a lot of feathers with his article How did economists get it so wrong. Apparently, either the notion that economists got it wrong, or his explanation for why they got it wrong (short and slightly tendentious summary: the dominant version of economic theory had become a closed-minded, scholastic discipline that prevented exposure to heterodox ideas and no longer had a connection to reality) are controversial. This is strange because all you need to know is that American economics departments have turning out graduates, even leaders, who really believe that the Great Depression was a Great Vacation. If a humanities graduate said such a thing, people would suspect another Sokal hoax, but these people have been, and still are, taken seriously and are not getting pelted with rotten fruit at all. There's no fairness in this world, I tell ya.

Not a cracking good read, because it's too rambling and not that well written, but Divorced one like Bush at Angry Bear did teach me a few things about two models of business: the Experience Curve and Moore's law and how they relate to manufacturing in the US and Japan, respectively. It takes some time to sit through and decipher, but you will come to a better understanding of why manufacturing in the US is in the state it is in.

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