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Federal Charter of 1291

On this first of August 2020, the National Day of the Swiss Confederation, we celebrate a one page document, beautiful in its clarity, common sense, and pragmatism, that gave rise to 729 years of relative peace and prosperity. Imagine how would such a document look like if it had to be written today ?

Investment Office, August 1st 2020

Equities in a Society of Control, Part I

What was the difference between pre-Napoleonic and post-Napoleonic European societies? The French philosopher Michel Foucault once described the former as ‘Sovereign’ and the latter as ‘Disciplinary’.

Didier Darcet
Gavekal Intelligence Software, The Quant Corner, July 3, 2020

Google search terms frequency (worldwide)

January 2020 - May 2020

Laurence Monnier
Aviva Investors, "COVID-19 and data infrastructure: Will demand translate into profit?", 18 June 2020

The Magic of Moss and What It Teaches Us About the Art of Attentiveness to Life at All Scales

“Life [exists] only because of a myriad of synchronicities that bring us to this particular place at this particular moment. In return for such a gift, the only sane response is to glitter in reply.”

Maria Popova
Brain Pickings

"...the work of destruction is quick, easy and exhilarating; the work of creation slow, laborious and dull."

Sir Roger Scruton
Remarks - Europe at a Crossroads: The Virtue of Nationalism Conference, May 13, 2019

The Use of Knowledge in Society

"The Use of Knowledge in Society" is an academic paper written by economist Friedrich Hayek, that was first published in 1945. At that time a clear counterargument to a planned and centralized economy, it is more actual than ever!

Friedrich A. Hayek
The American Economic Review, September 1945

Quarter Notes and Bank Notes: The Economics of Music Composition in the Eighteenth and Ninteenth Centuries

How creative artists in the 18th. and 19th. centuries adapted to the vast economic and social changes that occured around them during the greatest era of musical composition. A novel cross-disciplinary arena between music and economic history.

F. M. Scherer
Princeton University Press, 2012

The Resonance Chamber Epidemic

Behind all the hysteria related to the coronavirus, there might be a second, new form of epidemic that is spreading, one with a pattern that ressembles that of a resonance chamber, and where human beings are mere figurants reacting to events of their own creation.

Investment Office, 28 February 2020

The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought

David Hume is arguably the most important philosopher ever to have written in English, but during his lifetime he was attacked as “the Great Infidel” for his religious skepticism and deemed unfit to teach the young.

Dennis C. Rasmussen
Princeton University Press, 2019

Reflections on the timelessness of happiness and the oddballs of life

"The link between time and happiness has always been something I found fascinating. Long before grasping the physics of time and space, I was lucky to be exposed to the idea that time represents a subjective state specifically associated with changes in mental stimuli."

Andrea Zazzarelli
Fathom Consulting, Thank Fathom it's Friday, 3 May 2019

A Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life

My favorite part of the book is the section, starting on p.244, on bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics that have not yet been invented.

Greg Van Kipnis
Daily Speculations, September 16, 2018

Seismic waves

Seismic waves are waves of energy that travel through the Earth's layers. What would be the equivalent in today's markets?

Investment Office, September 2018

Memory Sticks!

Didier Darcet
Gavekal Intelligence Software, The Quant Corner, June 2018
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