The Concept of the Corporation - John Kay
The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Business History (15 Jan 2019) http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00076791.2018.1509956. For the past fifty years or so, the economic theory of the firm has been based on the paradigmatic model of corporate activity which perceives the firm as a nexus of contracts, its [...]
A Chemical Hunger - Part I: Mysteries
The study of obesity is the study of mysteries. Mystery 1: The Obesity Epidemic The first mystery is the obesity epidemic itself. It's hard for a modern person to appreciate just how thin we all were for most of human history. A century ago, the average man in the US weighed around 155 lbs.
Influence: Science and Practice, 5th Edition
Robert B. Cialdini, Arizona State University Click, Whirr. Betting the Shortcut Odd. The Profiteers. Jujitsu. Reader's Report. 2.Reciprocation: The Old Give and Take ... and Take. How the Rule Works. Reciprocal Concessions. Rejection-Then-Retreat. Defense. Reader's Report. 3.Commitment and Consistency: Hobgoblins of the Mind. Whirring Along. Commitment Is the Key. Defense.
January 2016[[[[[[[ One advantage of being old is that you can see change happen in your lifetime. A lot of the change I've seen is fragmentation. US politics is much more polarized than it used to be. Culturally we have ever less common ground.
The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: Part 1 - Wait But Why
PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.) Note: The reason this post took three weeks to finish is that as I dug into research on Artificial Intelligence, I could not believe what I was reading.
How This All Happened
This is a short story about what happened to the U.S. economy since the end of World War II. That's a lot to unpack in 5,000 words, but the short story of what happened over the last 73 years is simple: Things were very uncertain, then they were very good, then pretty bad, then really good, then really bad, and now here we are.
Fast · Patrick Collison
Some examples of people quickly accomplishing ambitious things together. The Spirit of St. Louis. In 1927, Donald Hall and Charles Lindbergh designed and built Spirit in 60 days. "To determine the amount of fuel the plane would need, Lindbergh and Hall drove to the San Diego Public Library at 820 E St.
star wars ring theory | Mike Klimo
How George Lucas used an ancient technique called "ring composition" to reach a level of storytelling sophistication in his six-part saga that is unprecedented in cinema history. By Mike Klimo The interesting thing about Star Wars-and I didn't ever really push this very far, because it's not really that important-but there's a lot going on there that most people haven't come to grips with yet.