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In Uncategorized on December 1, 2010 at 5:20 am

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reaction.

On Julian Assange

By Julian Assange



china, reserve raise.

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm


north korea, monetary policy



Chinese reactions to North Korea Shelling

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I thought this comment at china smack was interesting.

“I think in the current situation of the Kim family completely siding/aligning with China, this instance of the northern bangzi artillery attack must’ve been been done with China being previously notified, and it is even possible that it was with China’s encouragement, the benefits being:

1. After America’s 600 billion quantitative easing, international hot money is eying China. If war happens on the Korean Peninsula, this hot money will think twice about entering China.

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Economic ergodicity links

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 3:59 am

for future ref.



davidson 83.

and everything else in the journal of post Keynesian economics,

con, still looking.

Van Der Feltz 88

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Worthwhile Comments

In Uncategorized on November 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I left some comments on Nick Rowe’s blog, concerning rational expectations and Paul Davidson’s critique, of the non-ergodic nature of economics.   Which I think is a more profound criticism of modeling,  however growing impatient for a response, I got into it with Greg Ransom, who was claiming that he could state 5 true things that could not necessarily be mathematically tractable.  And I think I get that,  Godel’s incompleteness theorem and what not. But  I countered with, my pet post-modern information theory hybrid, and he immediately pointed out a gap in my knowledge.   Wittgenstein. Read the rest of this entry »

Organic vs Inorganic Systems

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2009 at 6:58 pm

In a farewell to alms, Chapter 12, he points to Anthony Wrigley’s work,on the IR being the switch to inorganic production systems, and points out 3 features of organic systems.

1 .Is all outputs drawn from the system have to equal inputs.

2. Efficiency growth is negative, as other biological systems compete eg weeds vs agriculture.

3. Experiment to increase efficiency are difficult to carry out and observe.

Eric Drexler has a post up, referencing his 89 paper, where he describes the differences between the products of design, and the products of evolution.  ….

also “generate and test is a metaphor for all evolution”


In Uncategorized on August 11, 2009 at 5:45 am

Is there any neuroscientists who study narrative?  Or is there a discipline of neuroscientific literary theory, because a few things lately have peaked my interest.  The historical accounts of A Farewell to Alms and Against the Tide, both try to avoid narrative and people’s actions as specific causes to inevitable outcomes.  More to say on that later.\

Also just watched a movie Australia, and at the scene where there is a herd of cows about to stampede over a cliff, pushing a boy to his death, he is able to stop them by singing/magic/whatever.  It is equal parts predictable:unbelievable.  At the time , I wondered what the film would be like if they had just trampled the boy off the cliff. Kind of sick, but would it have become a tarantino film, or what?  In No Country for Old Men the director’s do mess with your expectations a bit, by ending the action, a bit early and distal,  the climax is delayed and dispersed, and the conclusion, resolves into a mystery that you’re resigned to accept. It  isn’t really a pat narrative but it’s similar to real life stories.

And how does narrative affect justice: in The Prestige, you switch from character to character, deals with what information they have, and at the end the killing, has to be somewhat justified. What makes a conclusion to a story seem good and right.  Why does that balance come in?


Apparently there is something called  “Cognitive Literary Criticim”

Economic Moral Complacency

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2009 at 5:08 am

There is an interview with Joseph Heath in the Walrus, where he describes,

A lot of popular economics books are written by people who are sort of right-wing, centre-right-wing, who are sort of broadly complacent from the moral point of view—they’re morally reconciled to the world. Therefore they approach economics in a kind of whimsical way, where it’s like, “Oh, isn’t it interesting!

That’s just the tone from a Farewell to Alms that I picked up, but I thought maybe Gregory Clark was being deliberately provocative. Mostly in reference to his description of the malthusian era, and death/war/plague being good for income per person. Which is fine but there was a bit of smugness.

Economic History Books

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2009 at 6:59 am

Daniel Dreznor, has a list of recommended reading on economic history. I’ve read some, but I will be reading A Farewell to Alms, Against the Tide, and How the West Grew Rich in the next couple of days.

Wealth of Nations

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2009 at 5:55 am

I’ve skimmed this book , but the chapter that made an impact, was were he was describing, clergy as seeking gov aid as they grew older so they had to impress the laity less? That’s fuzzy but it’s been a few years. I just remember giving this book the finger.