Canadian philosophy professor and YouTube hit Jordan Peterson recently attracted some attention when he published a book called "12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos," and a number of other folks on the internet got in on the act with their own "rules for life." You can read Peterson's rules here, if you're so inclined. I don't know whether they're good rules or bad … [Read more...] about Is intergenerational advice possible?
Immigration has emerged somewhat abruptly and I gather somewhat unexpectedly as a major political issue in 2018 due to the president's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which offered work permits and reprieve from deportation to immigrants who entered the United States without authorization as children (this group of immigrants is sometimes … [Read more...] about Five questions about immigration
I've recently read and listened to a number of interviews and stories about Harvard scholar Graham Alison's recent book "Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?" The book catalogues China's present and future rise as a great economic and military power, and describes 16 similar cases in history, with some resulting in war, and others peace. As the … [Read more...] about Why China doesn’t scare me
Survivorship bias is one of those rare ideas that is at once instantly accessible and incredibly powerful. The classic explanation of survivorship bias is when a mutual fund company advertises the 5-year or 10-year returns of the funds it offers, without reporting the 5-year or 10-year returns of all the funds that didn't survive 5 or 10 years, since they were closed for … [Read more...] about Survivorship bias everywhere
Today we are enjoying the fruits of a politics founded, at its core, on the principle that the wealthiest, most powerful people in our society feel ill-used by the political system they exert an almost unfathomable amount of control over. They feel that someone, somewhere, must be pulling one over on them, whether it's immigrants, ethnic minorities, the poor, public school … [Read more...] about Come to terms now with the fact that you will feel poorer in old age