Category Archives: Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger

My recent reading

1. The Captured Economy, by Brink Lindsey and Steve Teles. I don’t think I have much more to say about it than what I wrote here. 2. How to Think, by Alan Jacobs. The topic of political emotionalism is something … Continue reading

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The Cowen-Cochrane dispute on banking

You can start with Tyler, and work backwards. I don’t think it is easy to get around having a part of the economy which is both systemically risky, and also debt-intertangled, as the evolution of shadow banking over the last … Continue reading

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The art of thinking reasonably

David Brooks starts out talking about Richard Thaler, but he moves on to recommend a forthcoming book by Alan Jacobs, called How to Think. Brooks writes, Jacobs nicely shows how our thinking processes emerge from emotional life and moral character. … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading

Tim O’Reilly’s new book. He tries to grasp how technology affects the current business environment. He then proceeds to look at the overall economic and social implications. You can get some of the flavor of it by listening to his … Continue reading

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Deirdre McCloskey on teaching economics

She writes, I think economics, like philosophy, cannot be taught to nineteen-year olds. . .A nineteen-year old has intimations of mortality, comes directly from a socialized economy (called a family), and has no feel on his pulse for the tragedies … Continue reading

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Less interest in cooking

Eddie Yoon writes, Only 10% of consumers now love to cook, while 45% hate it and 45% are lukewarm about it. That means that the percentage of Americans who really love to cook has dropped by about one-third in a … Continue reading

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How to fix baseball

Tyler Cowen points to an article in the WSJ about the causes of the slowdown in baseball games. What I would most like to see in baseball is a reversal of the trend toward Scheblerization. As a hitter, Scott Schebler … Continue reading

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Dueling views of China

Tyler Cowen said, in terms of human talent, GDP, China right now is in most ways a peer country to the United States. We’re not ready for that, mentally or emotionally. In contrast, Peter Zeihan sees China in a precarious … Continue reading

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Peter Zeihan’s world view

I am reading his book The Absent Superpower. You can get a lot of his ideas by watching this video. You can also see his intellectual style, which is certainly more confident than mine. He deals in strong pronouncements, and … Continue reading

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Jean Twenge watch

She writes, The result is a generation whose members are often afraid to talk to one another, especially about anything that might be upsetting or offensive. If everyone must be emotionally safe at all times, a free discussion of ideas … Continue reading

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