Monthly Archives: October 2012

Nectar of the Sows

Slate on Milk: There are no written records from the period when humans invented agriculture, but if there were, they would tell a tale of woe. Agriculture, in Jared Diamond’s phrase, was the “worst mistake in human history.” The previous … Continue reading

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The Next Movie I’ll Watch

Cloud Atlas. From Ebert’s 4-star review: Even as I was watching “Cloud Atlas” the first time, I knew I would need to see it again. Now that I’ve seen it the second time, I know I’d like to see it … Continue reading

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“Intelligence” = Negativity

One quick aside.  Last year, the more bearish you were on Under Armour, the better a team scored.  But guess what?  Under Armor rose 15% in the last 7+ months — the team that finished last had the result that … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t Other Apes As Smart As Us? Answer: Brain Food

Every gram of brain uses up more energy than every gram of body. And bigger brains, which have more neurons, consume more fuel. On their typical diets of raw foods, great apes can’t afford to fuel more neurons than they … Continue reading

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Philosophy of a MOOC

Excellent piece on MRU (endorsed by the profs, no less) The pedagogical principles in MRU’s course look to be grounded in the learning theory ofconnectivism developed by Downes and Siemens. Connectivistm is based on the concept that knowledge is not acquired … Continue reading

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This Year’s Economics Nobel

Explained by MR: In honor of the Nobel prizes to Al Roth and Lloyd Shapley, here is a primer on matching theory. Matching is a fundamental property of many markets and social institutions. Jobs are matched to workers, husbands to … Continue reading

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Lessons From the Harry Potter Income Statement

First of all, here it is (source) -167m net income from 612m gross revenue. What can we learn from this? Well here is some of the original analysis: In that statement, you’ll notice the “distribution fee” of $212 million dollars. … Continue reading

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