Free will is an illusion. It’s even worse: it’s a totally incoherent.Sam Harris wants to convince us understanding this actually … Continue reading There is no free will
De mij tot voor kort onbekende Tim Fransen heeft, met zijn “Brieven aan Koos”, een daverende entree in mijn leven … Continue reading Geestig en slim
Pax Americana in a Chinese world Our modern day addiction Brooks on our Second Mountain Continue reading Pax Americana, iPhone addiction and living a good life
I love Nassim Taleb’s books: they’re thought-provoking, intelligent and pretty original. His themes are important ones: how do complex systems … Continue reading Courage is the only virtue that cannot be faked
Two of the greatest minds alive (and authors of some of my favourite books) discuss anti-fragility, globalisation, the economy, fuck-you … Continue reading Taleb & Kahneman. Together!
De mens onderscheidt zich van dieren doordat we onze geschiedenis met ons mee torsen. Het dier begint elke generatie weer … Continue reading Elite, durf te leiden! Opdat we vrij zijn
Fascinating piece by the great Nassim Nicholas Taleb (from last summer) on intolerance as a winning strategy (when in doubt, … Continue reading Minority power
The United Nations don’t exist. The only place the nations of the world come together is in our minds. Think … Continue reading Rulers of the world
In this essay on Tolstoy, philosopher Isaiah Berlin argues that there is a fundamental distinction between those who are fascinated … Continue reading The Hedgehog and the Fox
This is what one could call a tour de force: a biography of liberalism from 1830 until now. As far as I know, the first of its kind. And its a great joy to read – at least for those interested in the history of ideas.
Fawcett (a former journalist) is clearly knowledgeable, has done his research and tells the story of liberalism from a wide set of viewpoints.
He sees four lines of thinking that have shaped practical liberalism; 1) the acknowledgement of unavoidable ethical and material conflicts in society 2) mistrust of power 3) belief in human progress 4) respect for others, summarized as: conflicts, resistance to power, progress and respect. Continue reading “Liberalism, The Life of an Idea – Edmund Fawcett (2014)”
An eye-opener on how systems should work to be able to confront the future (not robust, but anti-fragile), from a … Continue reading Antifragile – Nassim Nicholas Taleb (2012)
Essays on Spain in times of crisis – have enjoyed the beautifully written, dense Spanish sentences, again demonstrating the uniqueness … Continue reading Todo lo que era sólido – Antonio Munoz Molina (2014)