I think people have been seduced into thinking that the advance in information technology is going to bring more change to the future than I… Read More »Lant Pritchett on the limits of information technology; or, The Moore the Merrier?
Luxury beliefs are ideas and opinions that confer status on the upper class, while often inflicting costs on the lower classes. In 1899, the economist… Read More »Top hats, stotting, and defunding the police: Rob Henderson on Luxury Beliefs
I have always thought that he [Wells] reacted too swiftly to everything; possibly as a part of the swiftness of his natural genius. I have… Read More »GK Chesterton on HG Wells and the function of an open mind
The exponential growth of possible connections as networks expand (see previous post) makes them hugely valuable, but comes with its own set of costs. Keeping… Read More »(Re)visualising network effects (2): Lines of Chaos
Public holidays and compensation for body parts, 9th century edition; Or, King Alfred and the Book of Doom
The title Doom Book (Old English dōm-bōc) comes from the Old English word dōm meaning judgment or law – as in Alfred’s admonishment to “Doom… Read More »Public holidays and compensation for body parts, 9th century edition; Or, King Alfred and the Book of Doom