Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Links, January 12, 2016

Bloomberg Business on Bowie Bonds:"The man behind “The Man Who Sold the World” was the first recording artist to go to Wall Street to tap the future earnings of his music, paving the way for a thriving market for esotericsecurities backed by everything from racehorse stud rights to commercial washing machines."

Razib Khan discusses in a thread "The secret of our success" by Joseph Henrich: "I’m done with Joe Henrich’s The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the field of cultural evolution (the author is one of the major people behind the idea of WEIRD psychology). For myself, one of the main upsides was that the book had a lot of empirical illustrations I wasn’t familiar with. Unfortunately some of the references to genomics are out of date, because he was writing the book in 2014. Also, I found the chapter on language somewhat unsatisfying."

Lot of links on development in this post by Chris Blattman (also in the comments)

MinHacks discussion of an article in The Guardian on CBT vs psuchoanalysis 'Psychotherapies and the space between us' : "There’s an in-depth article at The Guardianrevisiting an old debate about cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) versus psychoanalysis that falls into the trap of asking some rather clichéd questions."
Language Log on Spoken Sanskrit. Check also the discussion on Suresh Kolichala's wall

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