Weekly Roundup 12: A Curated Linkfest For The Smartest People On The Web

Here are some links to articles that didn’t make our front page. Several of the articles are very insightful I highly recommend reading them. As always, the articles are from different fields but should make you a more well rounded investor. Take Care.

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1. The Psychology Of Long Term Thinking – Via Long Now Blog – People directly experience only themselves here and now butoften consider, evaluate, and plan situations that are removedin time or space, that pertain to others’ experiences, and thatare hypothetical rather than real. People thus transcend thepresent and mentally traverse temporal distance, spatial distance,social distance, and hypotheticality. We argue that this ismade possible by the human capacity for abstract processingof information. We review research showing that there is considerablesimilarity in the way people mentally traverse different distances,that the process of abstraction underlies traversing differentdistances, and that this process guides the way people predict,evaluate, and plan near and distant situations.

2. Video: Crisis & Capitalism Does History Suggest Where We Are Headed? – Via Uchannel Michael Bordo, Prof. of Economics, Rutgers University; Jerry Muller, Professor of History, Catholic University of America; Robert J. Shiller, Arthur M. Okun Professor of Economics, Yale University; Richard Sylla, Henry Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial Institutions and Markets, New York University . Presider: Benn Steil, Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations

3. How To Avoid Procrastination: Be Concrete – Via PsyBlog – Although Procrastination is usually thought of as something to be avoided, this hasn’t always been the case. Surveying the history of procrastination Dr Piers Steel finds that before the industrial revolution procrastination might have been seen in neutral terms. Nowadays, though, for those living in technically advanced societies, procrastination has become a ‘modern malady’: everything must be done now or, even better, three weeks ago. For good or evil there are now endless to-do lists to work through, appointments that must be kept and commitments that have to be fulfilled. Such is modern life.

4. Podcast: How To Make Learning Fun Again – Via The Psych Files -What the heck is constructivism anyway? In this episode I explore that topic with Dr. Eugene Geist. We also explore what some would consider a radical concept in education: democratic schools. What would happen if we let children decide how they wanted to learn? Complete Chaos? Or an exciting new way to get students involved in and taking responsibility for learning? Find out in this episode of The Psych Files.

5. Video: George Soros On America’s New Engines Of Growth – Via Big Think – George Soros says energy investments will fuel America’s next boom.

6. Video: Clayton Christensen On Next Disruptive Technologies – Via Big Think – Author Of The Innovators Dilemma & Solution – Christensen suggests phone companies in the third world will be the next disruptive technology to prosper.

7. Video: Michael Lewis On The Free Market & Morality – Via Big Think – Michael Lewis says greed is a requirement on Wall Street.

8. Video & Audio: The Coming Health Care Battle – Via Blogging Heads. Tv – The problem of health insurance & what Obama will face.

9. Radio: arvard’s Michael Porter: Grades Obama Stimulus Plan A C minus – Via Bloomberg On The Economy – Interested in corporate strategy, stimulus plan, and current events.

10. Radio: Roubini Says Top 4 Us Banks Are Insolvent – Via Bloomberg On The Economy –

11. Goldman Sachs Says Banks Now Need 4Trillion Bailout Money – Via Jesse’s Cafe Americain – Can we get an estimate that assumes we nationalize Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, and J.P. Morgan, place them in receivership, selectively default on their derivatives, sell all their assets, and criminally prosecute their executive management from the year 2000 under the RICO statutes?

12. Leaders Go Left, But Economics Go Back To The Basics – Via Forbes – The conventional view at Davos is that a previous consensus in favor of free enterprise has taken a huge beating from the Great Crash of 2008-2009. What is much less known is that many economists are not willing to play along. Instead, the crisis seems to have scared many economists of all kinds–including some previously heterodox–to reassert the orthodox recommendations of Econ 101.I knew something very different was going on among economists when the world’s leading trade skeptic, Dani Rodrik of Harvard, the intellectual protector of protectionists, said on his blog on Dec. 31 that protectionism would be catastrophic right now.

13. Radio: Robert Laughlin- The Crime Of Reason – Via Ear Ideas – Robert Laughlin talks about his new book “The Crime of Reason and the Closing of the Scientific Mind.” Professor Laughlin explores the inherent conflict between the government’s efforts to support and protect the commercialization of Intellectual Property and the scientific researcher’s need for free access to information in order to expand our knowledge in critical areas. Will ignorance be the price we inadvertently pay for safety and commerce?

14. Behavior Genetics + Economics – Via Gene Expression- In this paper, we have presented an empirical investigation into the relative contributions of individual in genes an environment to observed variation in economic preferences for risk and giving…While our results do not allow us to be as assertive as Sir Francis Galton, they do suggest that humans are endowed with genetic variation in their proclivity to donate money to charity and to take risks. By now there is a plethora of studies exploring th sources of individual variation in economic experiments and games, yet up until recently considerations of genetic influences have remained relativel absent. Here we have argued that this failure to consider genes obscures an important source of preference heterogeneity. Ultimately, we hope that a better understanding of the underlying individual genetic heterogeneity…in economic preferences, and the adaptive pressures under which these preferences evolved will lead to a more comprehensive economic science that can bridge some of the unexplained gaps between empirical data and economic theory….

 

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01. February 2003 by Miguel Barbosa
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