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Why Are Journalists So Stupid?

I suppose such a question should really just be phrased as a rhetorical since it is a given that the majority seem to be dribbling idiots with the IQ of a turnip. The reason for this tirade is a series of news reports I heard this morning whilst heading to my regular Wednesday morning yoga…

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Once again I am late to the party because apparently the world is ending…..again. The current cause for these conniptions among traders is that the US markets are going down, judging by the reactions of market participants to this earth shattering event one would think that this sort of thing was now illegal. As such…

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Synth Britannia

  Documentary following a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesiser from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage. In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists including the Human League, Daniel Miller and Cabaret Volatire were inspired by Kraftwerk and JG Ballard and dreamt of the sound of the…

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The Role of Luck in Life Success Is Far Greater Than We Realized

What does it take to succeed? What are the secrets of the most successful people? Judging by the popularity of magazines such as Success, Forbes, Inc., and Entrepreneur, there is no shortage of interest in these questions. There is a deep underlying assumption, however, that we can learn from them because it’s their personal characteristics–such as talent, skill, mental toughness,…

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Do Adult Brains Make New Neurons?

In 1928, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, proclaimed that the brains of adult humans never make new neurons. “Once development was ended,” he wrote, “the founts of growth and regeneration … dried up irrevocably. In the adult centers the nerve paths are something fixed, ended and immutable. Everything must die, nothing…

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Spotify – no market orders in our playlist

Hi everyone, We’ve had some requests on the blog for specifics. Specific thoughts about shares themselves – as well as concepts such as IPO choice, that CT & I don’t usually comment about. We’ve also heard that you want more analysis. We’ve listened to your views, and we’ve asked our friend, Matt Leibowitz from to…

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Why We Listen To Bad Forecasts

London had 120,000 residents in 1523. A fifth of them – 25,000 people – had fled the city by February 1524. They weren’t running from war or famine. In the summer of 1523 a group of fortune tellers warned that on February 1, 1524, the River Thames would swell so high it’d swallow London whole.…

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Vanishing time in the pursuit of happiness

Unlike other goals, pursuing happiness rarely leads to attaining happiness (Schooler, Ariely, & Loewenstein, 2003). Instead, seeking happiness more often, ironically, decreases happiness, in turn causing a previous act of seeking happiness to prompt continued behavior devoted toward the same objective (i.e., acts of seeking happiness). How might this happiness-seeking spiral shape one’s experience? We propose that the…

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Nobody Likes A Smart Arse Toaster

Chalk one up for the humans. Hedge funds that use artificial intelligence and machine learning in their trading process posted the worst month on record in February, according to a Eurekahedge index that’s tracked the industry from 2011. The first equity correction in two years upended their strategies as once-reliable cross-asset correlations shifted. While computerized programs…

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Now What?

As LB recently on the blog I recently acquired a Porsche 911 – this is a car I have wanted since I was very young. My interest was stirred strangely enough by the likes of Bruce Lee, in my mad early martial arts days I read everything I could about him and in one of…

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