Friday, February 28, 2020


"In the world of modern finance, a love of numbers has replaced a desire for critical thinking. As long as something has a number attached to it, then it is taken as gospel truth. Research shows that people are often fooled by the use of pseudoscience. Simply making things sound complex makes people believe them more! Risk managers, analysts and consultants are all guilty of using pseudoscience to promote an illusion of safety. We all need to be on our guard against the artificial deployment of meaningless numbers. Critical thinking and scepticism are the most unrated (and scarce) tools in our world." --James Montier ("Mind Matters," April 29, 2008)

How to respond to COVID-19 - by Bill Gates (LINK)

The Great Buenos Aires Bank Heist [H/T Linc] (LINK)

Gotta Go Fast: Why Gaming IP Is Finally Taking Off in Film/TV - by Matthew Ball (LINK)

Exponent Podcast: 182 — Scale Scale Scale (LINK)

The Disruptive Voice Podcast: 48. Disrupting Healthcare with Dr. Mahek Shah (LINK)

Grant’s Current Yield Podcast: The Empire Strikes Out (LINK)

Know Your Risk Radio (podcast): Raoul Pal (LINK)

The Coronavirus and How Political Spin Has Worsened Epidemics - by Evan Osnos (LINK)

Freeman Dyson, Visionary Technologist, Is Dead at 96 (LINK)
Related previous link (other links and books included): Freeman Dyson on Living Through Four Revolutions (2011 lecture)
"I don't particularly care [if the things I'm doing] are important or not. I'm not driven by a passion to dig out the deep secrets of nature. I'm much more interested just in exercising my skills as best I can and enjoying life." --Freeman Dyson