Archive for October, 2009

Some bits from previous posts on freedom of expression and on the importance of ideas for human welfare. Freedom of expression is something that some people grant to themselves, and some don’t. The people of the developed nations grant themselves that freedom. A case can be made that development is in a sense an outcome […]


I cannot resist relating (yet again) Robert Solow’s view of Milton Friedman’s — both celebrated Nobel laureate economists — obsession with monetary policy. Every macroeconomic problem and its solution lay eventually in monetary policy, according to Friedman. Solow in exasperation said, “Everything reminds Milton Friedman of the money supply. Everything reminds me of sex, but I […]


Richard Feynman opens this totally delightful video Information from the YouTube site: “We Are All Connected” was made from sampling Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, The History Channel’s Universe series, Richard Feynman’s 1983 interviews, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s cosmic sermon, and Bill Nye’s Eyes of Nye Series, plus added visuals from The Elegant Universe (NOVA), Stephen Hawking’s Universe, […]


Life is a random draw. That’s all there is to it. You don’t get to choose your parents. You are a random draw from a lottery that you did not sign up for. So what remains is for you to do the best you can under the circumstances. I hope to see you around.