How Cormac McCarthy Became a Copy-Editor for Scientific Books and One of the Most Influential Articles in Economics

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I first came to know the work of Cormac McCarthy through the 1973 novel Child of God, a portrait of a terrifyingly alienated loner who becomes a serial killer.

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Hear Alan Watts’s 1960s Prediction That Automation Will Necessitate a Universal Basic Income

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One of the most propulsive forces in our social and economic lives is the rate at which emerging technology transforms every sphere of human labor. Despite the political leverage obtained by fearmongering about immigrants and foreigners, it’s the robots who are actually taking our jobs.

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When Ayn Rand Collected Social Security & Medicare, After Years of Opposing Benefit Programs

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A robust social safety net can benefit both the individuals in a society and the society itself. Free of the fear of total impoverishment and able to meet their basic needs, people have a better opportunity to pursue long-term goals, to invent, create, and innovate.

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Why Economics is for Everyone!, Explained in a New RSA Animated Video

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It has been a while, but RSA has returned with another one of their whiteboard animated videos.

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The Art Market Demystified in Four Short Documentaries

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Spend an hour or two at MoMA, Tate Modern, or some other world class museum and inevitably you’’ll overhear some variation of “my seven-year-old could paint that.

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Stephen Hawking Wonders Whether Capitalism or Artificial Intelligence Will Doom the Human Race

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It shouldn’t be especially controversial to point out that we live in a pivotal time in human history—that the actions we collectively take (or that plutocrats and technocrats take) will determine the future of the human species—or whether we even have a future in the coming centuries.

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Bertrand Russell & Buckminster Fuller on Why We Should Work Less, and Live & Learn More

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Why must we all work long hours to earn the right to live? Why must only the wealthy have access to leisure, aesthetic pleasure, self-actualization…? Everyone seems to have an answer, according to their political or theological bent.

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MIT’s Introduction to Poker Theory: A Free Online Course

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If you google my name, spelled in the unconventional way that I spell it, the first search results won’t having anything to do with me. They’ll reference another Dan Colman who, in the past year, has made a good chunk of change playing poker — including winning $15.3 million in one tournament alone.

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Animated Introductions to Three Sociologists: Durkheim, Weber & Adorno

≡ Category: Economics, Education, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology |6 Comments

Is sociology an art or a science? Is it philosophy? Social psychology? Economics and political theory? Surveying the great sociologists since the mid-19th century, one would have to answer “yes” to all of these questions.

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A Short Animated History of Daylight Saving Time, Narrated by Stephen Fry

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Several weeks back, we contemplated how, in the 1650s, the economic history of the West changed irrevocably when Christiaan Huygens invented the pendulum clock  — a timepiece that enabled us to measure time in accurate, uniform ways, making us attentive to the passage of time and focus on things like productivity and performance.

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