The Mind Of James

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Reading From Around the Web - January 6th

January 6, 2012

I do a lot of reading. Almost a depressing amount. Here is where I’ll attempt to collate and curate what I read, along with my short thoughts on the subject presented. Some of these might become full blown posts in themselves. If that isn’t enough for you, there’s always the firehose of my Diigo library.

Kafkatrapping is the act of accusation of a nebulous crime, and an attempt to show guilt of the accused, without specifying the actual wrongdoing. It is an interesting form of Guilt By Association fallacy that I have seen used in several different contexts.

There is an interesting Reddit group forming to read Douglas Hofstader’s Godel, Escher, Bach. One chapter per week for about six months. Come join me if you are interested!

The Food Bubble illustrates how Goldman Sachs turned wheat into a commodity, and drove prices through the roof. It is an interesting read on how investments are created from commodities and how they affect the prices.

New York Magazine has a fascinating article about the effects of praise on children, the science behind motivation, and how we think changes.

Slate’s 10 part article The Great Divergence is absolutely my favorite article from Slate. Written over a year before Occupy Wall Street was even an idea, He digs deeply into the causes (and red herrings) as well as history of the income inequality in the United States. Combined with Richard Wilkinson’s TED Talk on how income inequality can harm a society brings home the reality of a bad situation. This is why I read Slate.