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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

Baseball Thoughts

"Baseball is about losing most of the/your time; for all the audience cheering and TV noise its natural pace is laconic."

Anonymous and Stefan Jovanovich
Daily Speculations, October 23, 2017

The Wisdom of Trees:

Walt Whitman on What Our Silent Friends Teach Us About Being Rather Than Seeming

Maria Popova
Brain Pickings, November 2017

Hoshinoya Tokyo: a ryokan in the city

in Tokyo

Aiste Miseviciute
Luxeat.com , 8 November 2017

Fake News: Yellow Ain't Mellow

Fake news isn’t new. It was around over 100 years ago. Back then, they called it “Yellow Journalism.”

Michael Hanson
Fisher Investments MarketMinder, March 2, 2017

The History of Zero: How Ancient Mesopotamia Invented the Mathematical Concept of Nought and Ancient India Gave It Symbolic Form

“If you look at zero you see nothing; but look through it and you will see the world.”

Maria Popova
Brain Pickings, February 2017

The Master and his Knives

You can probably tell me what brand coat you have on, but can you tell me what brand of knife you used to prepare dinner last night? According to Jay Patel, owner of London-based Japanese Knife Company, the knife is humankind’s most valuable and underrated tool.

Aiste Miseviciute
Luxeat.com , 31 January 2017

Salt in Their Veins

"The social structure of the inland Maine community is unlike anything you might meet with anywhere else. The kids never move out of the town they were raised in, there is no theft, the center of town is the fish store, or the post office."

Victor Niederhoffer
Daily Speculations, July 19, 2016
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