Monthly Archives: July 2013

WW2 China and The Battle of Midway and the Future of Warfare

I’m on vacation and am finally getting through *The Generalissimo*, a biography of Chiang Kai-Shek. In my view, the book is a bit light on the economics of wartime China, which was actually a series of somewhat overlapping states. Chiang’s … Continue reading

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Actuary Envy From Physicists?

Samuel Arbesman points us to this paper that models the likelihood of a terrorist event. Reading through it quickly, I’m astonished that the authors didn’t bother to look up the actuarial literature on modeling extreme events, much less terrorism. There’s an … Continue reading

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Marx-onomics: When The World is Your Family

To parents in a certain phase of life, this is art: The value of this piece has nothing to do with beauty or impressing your friends. This goes on the fridge to reward hard work and build self esteem. The longer … Continue reading

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The Scourge of Precocity

I realize it isn’t a novel observation but I’m intrigued by how poorly our society can pick future winners. Here’s my caricature of the process: Take a teenager with a notable ability in math or physics or programming or something. … Continue reading

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Some Links

Arnold Kling: I have a vision of the year 2025 in which the difference between the rich and everyone else is that the rich can afford to send their children to private schools, pay full fare for the children’s college … Continue reading

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