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The Behavioral Scientist

it is a web site that may prove interesting. For example, David Rand and Jonathan Cohen write, Within a population, controlled processing may—rather than ensuring undeterred progress—usher in short-sighted, irrational, and detrimental behavior, ultimately leading to population collapse. This is … Continue reading

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Jason Collins on Joseph Henrich

Self-recommending. One excerpt: Contrast cultural evolution with genetic natural selection. In the latter, high fidelity information is transmitted from parent to offspring in particulate form. Cultural transmission (whatever the cultural unit is) is lower-fidelity and can be in multiple directions. … Continue reading

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Weakest-Link Theory

In a review of Garett Jones’ Hive Mind, Jason Collins writes, Jones’s argument builds on that of Michael Kremer’s classic paper, The O-Ring Theory of Economic Development. Kremer’s insight was that if production in an economy consists of many discrete … Continue reading

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A Sentence about Tetlock’s Famous Study

Jason Collins writes, However – and this point is one you rarely hear in commentary about the book – the experts outperform unsophisticated forecasters (a role filled by Berkeley undergrads), whose performance is truly woeful. Read the entire book review. … Continue reading

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Religious Fervor and Demography

Jason Collins reviews Eric Kaufmann’s Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century. To give a sense of the power of this higher fertility, the Old Order Amish in the United States have increased from … Continue reading

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Jason Collins reviews Jonathan Last

Collins writes, So, if government can’t make people have children they don’t want and can’t simply ship them in, Last asks if they could help people get the children they do want. As children go on to be taxpayers, government … Continue reading

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From Genes to Institutions?

According to Jason Collins, Oded Galor and Quamrul Ashraf will soon write, there is little evidence to support the claim that the variation in institutions across societies is driven by differences in their endowment of specific genetic traits that might … Continue reading

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Jason Collins on John Kay

Jason makes it sound like Kay’s book is worth reading. One of the most interesting threads in the books is that many of the regulatory mantras are about the financial intermediaries, not the end users. The drives for transparency and … Continue reading

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Alan Kirman on Hayek

He says, he had very clever ideas—but he was extremely bigoted, he was racist. There is a wonderful interview with him that you can find on You Tube, where he says (imitating Hayek’s accent) “I am not a racist! People … Continue reading

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Chris Dillow asks a Question

In an interesting post on self-delusion and leadership, he writes, if leaders are so often self-deluded, how come so many organizations succeed, or at least don’t collapse? Pointer from Jason Collins. Some thoughts: 1. Perhaps we are looking at survivorship … Continue reading

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