Monthly Archives: January 2014

Milton Friedman on Income Inequality

There is a certain tension in Milton Friedman’s views on the issue of freedom versus equality, which was much more nuanced than is commonly assumed. On the one hand, he argued that economic policy should focus on freedom as a primary value; … Continue reading

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Books go Online for Free in Norway

Most books published in Norwaybefore 2001 are going online for free thanks to an initiative that may have found the formula to reconcile authors with the web. At a time when the publishing world is torn over its relationship to the Internet — which … Continue reading

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A new scientific truth

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” Max Planck  In other words, science … Continue reading

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Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

Our world will not be saved by those who talk. It will be saved by those who roll up their sleeves and get to work (and by those who support them). Luke Muehlhauser I generally open new books and articles about … Continue reading

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Cosmos: A Personal Voyage

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/cosmos/ With Cosmos, Carl Sagan and his wife and co-writer, Ann Druyan, brilliantly illustrated the underlying science of his same-titled book, placing the human species within a space-and-time context that brought the infinite into stunningly clear view. The series, which originally … Continue reading

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