Category Archives: economics

On Mumford and money

[ 15/October/22 ] Mumford had part of the picture, but missed the connection to the central bit (or rather failed to give it the logical focus). We are all necessarily strongly biased by evolution to look out for our own … Continue reading

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Treasury Guest seminar – Anita Chandra

Treasury Guest Lecture: Building Resilience and Advancing Well-Being at the Community Level [ 10/August/22 In this seminar, Anita Chandra describes some of the key issues in measuring and investing in well-being, with particular attention to the intersection of resilience and … Continue reading

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Steve Keen & Lex Fridman

Steve Keen: Marxism, Capitalism, and Economics | Lex Fridman Podcast #303 [ 19/July/22 ] Great work – thanks again Lex. Steve has impressed me for many years, and I spent quite a bit of time playing with his software Minsky … Continue reading

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Lex interviewing Robin Hanson

Robin Hanson: Alien Civilizations, UFOs, and the Future of Humanity | Lex Fridman Podcast #292 [ 14/June/22 ] I’ve had my share of arguments with Robin over the years, and I give him full respect for his knowledge of economics; … Continue reading

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Difficulties in transition to Solar energy

Comment to Ngaio’s post on Role of energy cost in inflation [ 8/June/22 ] The energy our civilisation uses mostly comes from fossil fuels and is equivalent to each of us having about 200 slaves working for us (but these … Continue reading

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Clearest path to global prosperity

What is the clearest path to global prosperity? [ 8/June/22 ] A universal understanding of some basic principles of life: 1 That all levels of evolved complexity emerge from and are sustained by cooperation. 2 That any level of competition … Continue reading

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Recent history of wealth

Lifeboat link to Vox – About 200 years ago, the world started getting rich. Why? [ 3/June/22 ] I have not read the book, only the linked Vox article. The little in there does seem to indicate that they accept … Continue reading

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Crypto – human nature

Dirk posted a Bloomberg article on Crypto which led to a discussion with Mark Hubey – which I gate crashed (as I often do). [ 25/May/22 ] Hobbes and Locke had deeply flawed simplistic models of our extremely complex nature … Continue reading

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Evonomics – inflations

Evonomics essay on Why Milton Friedman was wrong about inflation [ 25/April/22 ] Some interesting points, and some truth in it, but too much is ignored. While it is true that we all need to make simplifications of the world … Continue reading

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Evonomics – Rethinking foundations

The Making of “Rethinking the Theoretical Foundation of Economics” [ 5/April/22 ] All good, and essential in a sense, and it is necessarily deeply more complex than that. And we all have this necessary set of evolutionary systems within our … Continue reading

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