On SOPA: ”In a free society, you don’t have the freedom to steal your neighbor’s property.  And that should include intellectual property.  Moreover, it is the function of the state to enforce those rights.  We don’t leave it up to civil litigation to protect property rights (although that is part of the solution).  We give the state substantial powers to stop theft.”

Greg Mankiw som skrivit den mest använda ekonomiska kursboken i USA, har blivit kontrakterad av Mitt Rowney som ekonomisk rådgivare…


(Via Greg Mankiw’s Blog.)



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Operation Silent But Deadly

Operation Silent But Deadly: ”




Waiting for the train


In line

Passengers queue up in lines to board trains through the waiting hall of Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, Hubei province January 15, 2012. Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is the biggest of two Golden Week holidays, giving migrant workers their only chance of the year to return to their home provinces with gifts for their families. More than 200 million people are expected to take to the railways over this year’s holiday, the biggest movement of humanity in the world.

Thanks Grumpy






Look Left

Look Left: ”

Look left








Jag står framför havet.
Där är det.
Där är havet.
Jag tittar på det.
Havet. Jaha.
Det är som på Louvren.

– Göran Palm, ur Världen ser dig (1964).

Svenska: Havet sett från Kåseberga

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The Real Stationery Of Hitler, Houdini, And 13 Other Famous People


The Real Stationery Of Hitler, Houdini, And 13 Other Famous People.


Blueberry the Bloodhound by Abner Graboff

Blueberry the Bloodhound by Abner Graboff:


Blueberry the Bloodhound by Abner Graboff


(Via stickers and stuff)


What is it like to have an understanding of very advanced mathematics? – Quora

You are comfortable with feeling like you have no deep understanding of the problem you are studying.

viaWhat is it like to have an understanding of very advanced mathematics? – Quora.


Thinking, Fast and Slow — By Daniel Kahneman — Book Review – NYTimes.com

What does it mean to be happy? When Kahneman first took up this question, in the mid 1990s, most happiness research relied on asking people how satisfied they were with their life on the whole. But such retrospective assessments depend on memory, which is notoriously unreliable. What if, instead, a person’s actual experience of pleasure or pain could be sampled from moment to moment, and then summed up over time? Kahneman calls this “experienced” well-being, as opposed to the “remembered” well-being that researchers had relied upon. And he found that these two measures of happiness diverge in surprising ways. What makes the “experiencing self” happy is not the same as what makes the “remembering self” happy. In particular, the remembering self does not care about duration — how long a pleasant or unpleasant experience lasts. Rather, it retrospectively rates an experience by the peak level of pain or pleasure in the course of the experience, and by the way the experience ends.

viaThinking, Fast and Slow — By Daniel Kahneman — Book Review – NYTimes.com.


Freud: the last great Enlightenment thinker | Prospect Magazine

Today the idea that psychoanalysis is not a science is commonplace, but no part of Freud’s inheritance is more suspect than the theory of the death instinct. The very idea of instinct is viewed with suspicion. Talk of human instincts, or indeed of human nature, is dismissed as a form of intellectual atavism: human behaviour is seen as far more complex and at the same time more amenable to rational control than Freud believed or implied. Theories of human instinct only serve to block those impulses to progress and rationality that (for all the scorn that is directed against the very idea of human nature) are considered to be quintessentially human.

viaFreud: the last great Enlightenment thinker | Prospect Magazine.

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