Category Archives: books and book reviews

Perspectives on Jordan Peterson

1. By Jordan Greenhall. It might very well be the case that 2018 will be known as the “Year of Jordan Peterson”. . . .Sovereignty is the capacity to take responsibility. It is the ability to be present to the … Continue reading

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Essays of Israel Kirzner

They have been collected in a new volume. It prompted my latest essay, but I would not call it a review. Kirzner addresses many difficult issues. For example, I write, Those of us who wish to defend both methodological individualism … Continue reading

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Would you buy this book?

The title is Predicting the Markets: A Professional Autobiography. It has many favorable reviews on Amazon, but they seem to pre-date the official release of the book, which makes one suspicious. Maybe you will download the Kindle sample and leave … Continue reading

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Kling on Niall Ferguson’s latest

My review of The Square and the Tower. I think it is very difficult to show that a particular technology favors peer relationships over hierarchical relationships. I think that many of us made this mistake when we projected the social … Continue reading

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Nassim Taleb week, continued

My essay is called Nassim Taleb and the Disagreeables (catchy name for a rock band, perhaps?). Agreeables tend to take people’s words at face value. Disagreeables do not. One of Taleb’s themes is that people’s words are not trustworthy unless … Continue reading

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This is Nassim Taleb Week

Russ Roberts does a podcast Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Skin in the Game. Listen to the whole thing or read the transcript. One random excerpt: Crossing the street reduces your life expectancy by 1 in 47,000 years. It’s not a … Continue reading

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Taleb on challenging orthodoxy

He has a chapter that speaks to the topic of my recent essay on when to defy orthodoxy. His answer depends on whether you have skin in the game, meaning that there are personal adverse consequences if you are wrong. … Continue reading

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Me vs. Nassim Taleb

As Tyler Cowen noted, Taleb takes on some of his reviewers. In a comment, I took on Taleb when he wrote the variance within forecasters is smaller than that between forecasts and out of sample realizations. He saw it as … Continue reading

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Mis-measurement and Mis-leadership

My latest Medium essay, called Mis-Leadership and Metrics. An excerpt: Instead of holding teachers accountable to a centralized statistical office, I believe that teacher evaluation should be undertaken by peers, principals, and parents. Test scores can be unreliable indicators for … Continue reading

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Nassim Taleb’s latest

I have just started reading Skin in the Game. Not far enough into it to have much to say. A couple years ago, I had lunch with a friend, and somehow the subject came up of what I thought were … Continue reading

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