Posts filed under “Philosophy”

QOTD: Two Novels That Can Change Your Life

A fantastic quote bubbled up in comments the other day:

“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves Orcs.”

-John Rogers

I find this hilarious, because it it true.

Category: Philosophy, Really, really bad calls

Nobel Laureates and Economic Prosperity

> The graphic above, via Jon Bruner of Forbes, reflects the enormous American contribution to Arts & Sciences over the past century. What is intriguing is not just that the US has won so many prizes, but that the a third of American Nobels have gone to immigrants to the US: “The United States has…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Research, Science, Technology

QOTD: The next Steve Jobs?

Interesting quote from The New Yorker: “Who will be the next Steve Jobs? I doubt it will be Mark Zuckerberg. He gives every indication of being the next Bill Gates: a smart dude who has one great idea at the right time, builds a monopoly, and then keeps it by releasing stuff that’s good enough…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Technology

QOTD: Cult of Ignorance

Our Quote of the Day is over 30 years old: “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is…Read More

Category: Philosophy

Da Bears . . .

Chart via WSJ > I have no idea where idea that “20%” somehow defines a bear market, or where it came from. In my mind, I prefer to think of this in the context of trends. Is any market moving from lower left to upper right of the chart? That is a bull market. If…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Trading

Dear Human . . .

Source: SMBC

Category: Philosophy, Weekend

Take The Loss

Here is something that you may not think about often enough: Taking losses. Its something that every rookie trader must learn to do — and all of the TBTF banks refuse to do. Even sovereign nations seem unwilling to accept this simple fact of financial life. There will be losses. How you handle them determines…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Philosophy, Psychology, Real Estate, Really, really bad calls, Trading

TBP’s 30 Most Influential Finance Sources

Last week, I lamented that the Bloomberg 50 was a disappointingly obvious list (the event was quite good, however). Following that (Meh!) complaint, I asked readers who was their most influential managers, thinkers, traders and strategists — who impacted their trading, thinking and investment process more than the rest of the chattering classes. For obvious…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Financial Press, Philosophy

On Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion

Persuasion is clearly a sort of demonstration, since we are most fully persuaded when we consider a thing to have been demonstrated Of the modes of persuasion furnished by the spoken word there are three kinds. Ethos: Persuasion is achieved by the speaker’s personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Really, really bad calls

Is Social Security a Ponzi Scheme?

In the Think Tank today, John Mauldin writes about Social Security, calling it a “Catastrophic Success.” John believes SS is a Ponzi scheme, and we disagree. He comes from a different country than I do — John lives in Texas, while I live on a small island off the East Coast of America — two completely…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Really, really bad calls, Taxes and Policy