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Bitcoin December 31st, 2013 by

Bitcoin, Krugman and the Mere Agreement of Value

The current debate over Bitcoin has reached new levels of intensity recently with economist Paul Krugman once again weighing in to impugn the potential of the currency to act as a reliable store of value.  Quoting his long time ally Brad DeLong, Krugman makes the point that a reliable store of value needs to have some […]

Sam Harris, Free Will and the Slow Culture War

One of the recurring themes of this blog is that the fast pace of technological change is making various cultural modes like art and philosophy considerably less relevant than they once were.  As if sensing the immanenc[...]

Would You Take the Honeymoon Pill?

A few years ago a study by researchers (Acevedo, Aron, Fisher, Brown) from Stony Brook university made the claim that a small percentage of mated couples (10%) indefinitely maintain a brain state similar to that found in[...]

Those New Mac Ads – Why We REALLY Hate Them

Recently Apple released a set of new ads to advertise their Mac personal computers. The response from the internet has been that of vituperative hatred. This post made it on to the front page of Hacker News and I think[...]

Sexist Narratives, Moral Dumbfounding and Our Broken Narrative Faculty

Generally what I do on this blog is interpret narratives, and try to give my readers a more sophisticated understanding of the narratives they encounter during their day to day lives.  This is no academic exercise.  Be[...]