Friday, April 22, 2016

Links 22 April 2016

Computer charging problems. It chared aain unexpctedly. Some of the article, a fe lon reads, that I found interestin in the recent psat. These appeared on my Facebook wall where it is easier to post links with the iPad.
When Bitcoin Grows Up:What is Money? by John Lanchester
An old article by Christopher Hitchens on 'The Waste Land' A handful of dust:
"He[T.S.Eliot] was to tell the Paris Review that in the composition of the closing sections "I wasn't even bothering whether I understood what I was saying." There seems no reason at all why we should not take him at his word....It is not disputable that by publishing The Waste Land when he did, Eliot caught something of the zeitgeist and enthralled those who needed borrowed words and concepts to capture or re-express the desolation of Europe after 1918."
A learning secret:Don't take notes with a laptop:
 "Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material"
The first draft of history: dispatches from the frontline of war by Patrick Cockburn:
"This is one of the striking features of the present era: wars turn into bloody stalemates with no outright winners or losers, aside from the millions of civilians who are the victims. Political systems decay or are overthrown but nobody is strong enough to replace them."
Science explains why it's so easy to get sucked into fights on the internet by Brian Resnick:
"New research finds evidence for a different hypothesis: "The basic idea is that people are punishing selfishness to convey to other people that they are trustworthy," Jillian Jordan, a psychology researcher at Yale, tells me."
Why John J. Mearsheimer is right (about some things) by Robert D. Kaplan from three years ago: "Indeed, if you put Lobby together with Tragedy, you have the beginnings of a prudent grand strategy for America: invest less in one part of the world and more in another, events permitting. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently proposed that the United States should attempt to pivot away from the Middle East toward the Asia.....And it is likely to be China’s future, rather than Israel’s, that will ultimately determine Mearsheimer’s reputation. If China implodes from a socioeconomic crisis, or evolves in some other way that eliminates its potential as a threat, Mearsheimer’s theory will be in serious trouble because of its dismissal of domestic politics. But if China goes on to become a great military power, reshaping the balance of forces in Asia, then Mearsheimer’s Tragedy will live on as a classic."
The woman who saved economics from disaster an article about Elinor Ostrom by David Sloan Wilson

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