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Economics Finance

Still think you can beat the market?

Tim Harford — Article — Still think you can beat the market?.

Quoting from this article, “The efficient markets hypothesis is surely false. What is striking is that it is very close to being true. For the Warren Buffetts of the world, “almost true” is not true at all. For the rest of us, beating the market remains an elusive dream.”

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Foreign Policy Math and Statistics Politics

The Human Toll of Violence in Gaza, Israel – The Numbers Guy

The Human Toll of Violence in Gaza, Israel – The Numbers Guy – WSJ.

“Bombings in Gaza, and rocket attacks on Israel, leave death in their wake — as well as questions about how to count, categorize and interpret the casualty counts.”

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Economics

Micro stars, macro effects | The Economist

Economics: Micro stars, macro effects | The Economist. Quoting from this article, “ON THE face of it, economics has had a dreadful decade: it offered no prediction of the subprime or euro crises, and only bitter arguments over how to solve them. But alongside these failures, a small group of the world’s top microeconomists are quietly revolutionising the discipline. Working for big technology firms such as Google, Microsoft and eBay, they are changing the way business decisions are made and markets work.”]]>

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Economics

Micro stars, macro effects | The Economist

Economics: Micro stars, macro effects | The Economist.

Quoting from this article, “ON THE face of it, economics has had a dreadful decade: it offered no prediction of the subprime or euro crises, and only bitter arguments over how to solve them. But alongside these failures, a small group of the world’s top microeconomists are quietly revolutionising the discipline. Working for big technology firms such as Google, Microsoft and eBay, they are changing the way business decisions are made and markets work.”

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Economics Education Public Policy

Our College Crisis: A PowerPoint Presentation by Bill Gates

Our College Crisis: A PowerPoint Presentation by Bill Gates – The Atlantic.

Mr. Gates raises a number of interesting points about “…our shockingly low (college) graduation rates” – too bad he resorted to PowerPoint to make them!

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Technology

The Top 5 Corporate Twitter Disasters of 2012

The Top 5 Corporate Twitter Disasters of 2012.

What were they thinking???

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Religion Social Science

Liberal Women Wish for More Sex. Why?

Liberal Women Wish for More Sex. Why?.

Fascinating parsing of the data from the New Family Structures Study (NFSS) by UT-Austin sociology professor Mark Regnerus on the relationships between politics, religion, and sex…

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Religion

How "The Life of Pi" Raises the Ultimate Postmodern Question of Faith

How “The Life of Pi” Raises the Ultimate Postmodern Question of Faith.]]>

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Religion

How “The Life of Pi” Raises the Ultimate Postmodern Question of Faith