Book Review: The Selfish Gene

I can’t remember where I saw it, but somewhere I saw a reference to The Selfish Gene and decided I shouldn’t wait any longer to read the book that brought Richard Dawkins to fame (no idea if this is true, I’m not even sure if the 1970s even happened, but I’m pretty sure it is one of his early published works). Continue reading “Book Review: The Selfish Gene”

Jack’s Links

It’s been two months since my last post, but with the exception of a trip to the Grand Canyon, Zion, & Bryce, I have been collecting links the whole time.


Instead of dumping all of the links, here are just the highlights:

Chinese Recession: This was from almost two months ago, and I don’t think it’s clear yet if Scott or Tyler is more correct.

WSJ: Don’t Raise Rates Yet: This was before the non-rate increase.

Psychological Studies & Reproducability: (Hint: you usually can’t). I wonder if there is some gold standard other than something totally without human error like CS for setting up procedures that will make a result reproducable as often as you’d expect (i.e., as often as you’d expect without biases).

Shorter Titles Get More Citations: ‘Nuff said.

Investing All At Once vs. Averaging In: Schwab gave their article a much more provocative title, but an interesting article nonetheless.

Sanders on Immigration: He is Ron Paul.

Why Investment Bankers Work Long Hours: Pretty easy to extrapolate this to other professions that do as well.

On Abolishing Capital Gains Taxes: What does a progressive consumption tax look like in the real world?

A Tale of Two Housing Inflations: Really fun to read article — cities should pay heed if they don’t want to end up with a bunch of San Franciscan housing problems.

Don’t Raise Rates to Cut Them Later:  A rare article that I found good important enough to send around my office. It seems obvious, but somehow gets lost that just leaving rates low is a better strategy than raising them to cut them later in the case of ‘headwinds’.

Congratulations to Angus Deaton!: I’ve started to make a habit of reading at least a small selection of Nobel winners’ work — Tyler makes this really easy with his great review.

Tasks Are More Pleasurable Once You Start: This lines up with my own experience, interesting implications for how efficiently people are actually spending their time.

Insider Trading Reviewed: Great treatment of insider trading rulings/norms from bloomberg.

And one terrible article, extra points if you can find the problems before reading them in the comments:

An Interview with a Tax Strategist: To be fair, this is a guest post, but this has to be the worst thing ever posted to WCI. With the frequency of guest posts (seemingly) increasing, they are going to need to tighten up quality control or risk losing some of WCI’s reputation for high standards.