Ferguson v Schwartz
In the debate between Niall Ferguson and Peter Schwartz, I find Ferguson a great deal more convincing as well as fun to listen to. Schwartz makes several good points, but I am surprised to hear so much in Ferguson that I agree with, especially his dour predictions for China. I am now subscribed to The Long Now's podcasts, coming around to an interesting reconnection with Stewart Brand, having been a 'wellpern' in the early 90s.
Malcolm Gladwell, Again
Gladwell has a new book out. Called Outliers. It should be very good, and it fits along with some of the things Ferguson was saying in his Long Now seminar about the counterintuitive nature of historical causality. Historians have a bias towards wanting big events to have big causes when in fact they could have very small proximate causes. It should be interesting to see the combo here.
Yochai Benkler, Wow.
This guy is going to get a lot more attention from me. He's onto something.
Added to the RSS feed. I've been hearing a lot from this place, time to put it on the brain pan.
It turns out that an old friend and mentor races Porsches. Who knew?