Thursday, July 16, 2015

Altruism: People tend to be boring but life itsef Is Not :-)

Why are Europeans, Germans and Czechs perhaps most famously, obsessed with Native Americans?
Culture: Childhood memories of American Indians and Altruism of Karl May

Daron Acemoglu on effective altruism

There are those who maintain that you can’t demand anything of the reader. They say the reader knows nothing about art, and that if you are going to reach him, you have to be humble enough to descend to his level. This supposes either that the aim of art is to teach, which it is not, or that to create anything which is simply a good-in-itself is a waste of time. Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it. We hear a great deal about humility being required to lower oneself, but it requires an equal humility and a real love of the truth to raise oneself and by hard labor to acquire higher standards… Ignorance is excusable when it is borne like a cross, but when it is wielded like an ax, and with moral indignation, then it becomes something else indeed.

Can a correlation between intelligence and prosociality explain the prevalence of left wing views in academia?   

Our Spoiled-Brat Economy Of Two Minds

Real markets are professional and open, not informal and clubby. Participants in real markets compete on merit rather than collude online
FORMER NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner paid a global extortion racket not to release compromising material about him after threats were made to his family last year. Mr Stoner was believed to be the victim of a blackmail scam on social media site LinkedIn in which a scammer demanded money to keep material about him under wraps Fomer nationals leader falls victim online black mail