Ask Me Anything – The Important Thing edition

"Doggie, wait here a sec. I have got this important thing to get done. Then we go on with our walk, okay?"  Doing the important thing is not the difficult part of life. Indeed it's the fun part. The difficulty lies in figuring out what's the important thing. Fortunately, a good many people have thought … Continue reading Ask Me Anything – The Important Thing edition

Ask me anything – The disclaimers edition

Summary Sky Map comes with no warranties! If you choose to use it to navigate the high seas and you hit an iceberg, it's your responsibility. If you tell your kids that the bright thing in the sky is Jupiter and it turns out to be a UFO and you are subsequently kidnapped by aliens … Continue reading Ask me anything – The disclaimers edition

AMA – Order Out of Freedom of Choice is a Scientific Mystery

“At the heart of economics is a scientific mystery: How is it that the pricing system accomplishes the world's work without anyone being in charge? Like language, no one invented it. None of us could have invented it, and its operation depends in no way on anyone's comprehension or understanding of it. ... The pricing … Continue reading AMA – Order Out of Freedom of Choice is a Scientific Mystery

AMA – Extreme Stupidity is not Natural

I don't believe that extreme stupidity is natural. We are cognitively endowed by nature to, say, learn our mother tongue without instructions but reading and writing are unnatural because it is a learned skill. So also it is natural to be about average in intelligence (and therefore about average in stupidity) but extreme, off the … Continue reading AMA – Extreme Stupidity is not Natural

Ask Me Anything — The Silicon Valley Founders Edition

This is inspired by  my friend Rajan Parrikar's post "Portraits of Success." He references Carolyn Caddes‘s book, Portraits of Success – Impressions of Silicon Valley Pioneers (1986), which is a photographic tribute to the pioneers of Silicon Valley. Among those featured in the book is Prof Terman (1900 - 1982) of Stanford University who is identified as … Continue reading Ask Me Anything — The Silicon Valley Founders Edition