Thursday, June 18, 2015

Q&A - 18/6


Person X should do Y

Not all X for all Y

People are different; character advice needs to be tailored for the person. An advice could have been, for example, "be less selfish" -  but there are ppl out there whose type is what we call More Me that need to be more selfish. MM ppl have with a tendency to always stay behind the curtain, help from a support position, to a degree where they lose their identity. They need to assert themselves more. There are others, such as the type High Horse (Putin's type) who must support others, make it less about them, be less selfish.


How similar are people?


Anonymous: "We are all snowflakes, special, unique".

Carl Jung: "We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life".

Both of these statements are true. There are around 300 attributes we were able to analyze out of which everyone has a bag of 10 to 20. One person might have 10,20,30,.. another 5,15,25,30,.. The 30 is the same, hence "meeting ourselves in a thousand disquises" but the combination makes a person unique. Not many people carry the same combo, even when they do, there are genetic, cultural, other aspects that add to the differences.

But on general concerns, people act, in general, in a general kind of way.


Do you support the BDS movement that aims to boycott Israeli goods.


BDS strikes at the heart of the Palestenian/Israel issue; Israel is technically in the Middle East, but it acts as though it isn't. Since its inception Israel pushed people out of their homes, dealt with their discontent militarily, and built walls around them. Now, when it needs interaction it simply flies over these people to reach to sell / buy from the outside world. Well, that needs to stop. Boycotting Israeli goods is an effective way to do that.

To reiterate: we are for a one state solution in Palestine.


I very much enjoyed reading Cesar Hidalgo’s Why Information Grows: The evolution of order, from atoms to economies. It’s a very original perspective on the process of secular economic growth, bringing together not only several strands of the economics literature – growth theory, institutional economics, social capital etc – but also physics, biology and information theory. So it’s certainly ambitious, and I found it largely persuasive [..]

Economic order comes about through information embodied in things (‘crystallised imagination’) [..]


It's all about information. Nowadays knowledge constitutes a bigger chunk of all products, the economy runs on information. This is a radical departure from industrial age when unskilled labor was a major input into the economy. The entire 3W canon aims to dissect the repercussions of this fact.

Guns and Butter

Peter Schiff "We had a lot of problems that happened in 70s, under Nixon and Ford. But those problems started in the 60s, the great ...