Category Archives: Logic and Frameworks

On Being Wrong

I’ve been meaning to write about the topic if “being wrong”. There’s some great material out there and it’s a Big Deal. Innovation demands failure. New knowledge requires mistakes, whether personal or, preferably, learned from others’ previous stumbles. Yet admitting … Continue reading

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14 Rules for Geopolitics

I came across this from Quartz, The 14 rules for predicting future geopolitical events. Meh, it’s OK. I thought it worth noting here if you’re into frameworks for big, complicated, impossible to fully model stuff. They added a 15th rule. … Continue reading

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Stupid things finance people say

h/t FT Alphaville Funny. https://sites.google.com/site/kpinvestingworld/personal-finance/stupid-things-finance-people-say Hard to pick a favorite. For the “we all know a Very Serious Person and have heard him explain his ignorance of social security to us or otherwise smack us upside the head with logical … Continue reading

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Gettin’ Medieval: Math Edition

Larry Summers on Charlie Rose recently lamented the social acceptability, nay pride, of mathematical illiteracy even within academic circles. (The entire interview is good, but you gotta be happy hearing Larry wax on. Larry likes to elaborate at length.) His … Continue reading

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Paleocharlatans 2014

Peter Turchin over at the Social Evolution Forum is declaring 2014 Year of the Paleo Diet. I think his enthusiasm for the Paleo diet trend is overblown and his attempted take-down of skeptics unconvincing. (You can see my comments by … Continue reading

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Wealth of Nations: One Page, Three Insights

I reached for my hard copy version of Wealth of Nations, hoping to hunt down a certain section. I found the bookmark at page 96. There I found three insights that are still relevant today. 1) I recently posted on … Continue reading

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Pay Me to Get a Job

In July, North Carolina cut its maximum unemployment benefit from 99 to 19 weeks and from $535 to $350 per week. Since that time North Carolina’s workforce – those with a job or looking for one – has reportedly shrunk … Continue reading

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