From the Blog

DNA testing

France wants DNA tests on immigrants seeking to join their families in France. To avoid paternity disputes, only maternal DNA will be tested. So, …
Published on  •  Posted in Uncategorized

Exotica then and now

A dear friend, who is 67, is visiting these days. He had some wonderful stories to regale at dinner last night. He was a …
Published on  •  Posted in Uncategorized

Record companies are dead, long live the musician!

Record companies live under and like to perpetuate the mistaken impression that the music industry is in crisis. It is not the music industry, …
Published on  •  Posted in technology

The revolution...

is being televised. It is also being blogged about. A primer on why, if one has dictatorial ambitions, one needs to be much, much …
Published on  •  Posted in technology

Exemplar organisations, moral dilemmas and academic freedom

Marginal Revolution writes about a new NBER paper from Roland Fryer and Freakonomist Steven Levitt. The summary says (full text of the paper here): …
Published on  •  Posted in governance

Dying not to do exercise

Last week I wrote a post titled “On Fitness“. It has always amazed – and in some cases, amused – me to hear the …
Published on  •  Posted in Uncategorized

On fitness

What I hear: “I do not have time.” “I get plenty exercise at work/ with children/ with the commute.” “I do not need exercise; …
Published on  •  Posted in Uncategorized

Homo politicus - hard wired?

They say a liberal is a conservative who has not been mugged yet. There are, of course, other reductionisms about political persuasions, variously attributed …
Published on  •  Posted in Uncategorized

Partial explanations

Miriam Gross, who writes a column in the weekend FT, writes today about the recent surge in the trend of women displaying their cleavages …
Published on  •  Posted in Uncategorized

Gut feel: Irrationality or Beyond Rationality?

The Group CEO of one of my past employers was one for hard numbers. One of the phrases, attributed to him and apparently said …
Published on  •  Posted in Uncategorized