People in the south were fiercely loyal to their family, but more distrustful of outsiders – whereas in the north people were happier to form connections with strangers

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it seems likely that some countries are rich and others poor because of a messy combination of economic incentives, culture, institutions and chance – which is most important remains unclear.

https://repositorythe.wordpress.com/2020/09/20/hard-work-and-black-swans-the-economist

Stress causes people to be flooded with emotions that neutralize ‘gendered consumer behaviour’

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Friedmann conducted a survey amongst 115 people from the UK (46 men and 69 women) and an additional experiment in Israel on 41 people in which special sensors that measured facial responses were also utilized.

https://www.jwire.com.au/alcohol-chocolate-and-porn-consumption-rising-during-pandemic

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It is more difficult than expected to get back to my normal life

Keywords: realism , Chicago , Chicago economics , methodology of economics , Milton Friedman , monetarism , Monetary economics , philosophy of economics , philosophy of science , Robert Lucas , semirealism , University of Chicago

In the past two years this book was my first thought in the morning and the last one when my head hit the pillow. Here I would like to give a short overview of the book

https://pgalbacs.wordpress.com/2020/02/23/the-friedman-lucas-transition-in-macroeconomics-a-quick-overview

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Shedding Light

I walk past a middle school at lunch every day. Most days we all just carry on with our own work (mine: dog walking, theirs: game playing), but today was different.

As I walked by the school yard, one of the kids kicked a ball over the fence and across the street. She asked if I would throw it back over, apologizing a lot as she did. It’s no real burden for me, so I retrieved it and threw it back over.

Another student asked if I could help retrieve a second ball, and then a third (there wasn’t a fourth). Again, not a problem, so I returned those balls as well. And then he said this:

“You’re so generous! Thank you! If I could pay you $100 I would, but I don’t have any money. Your dog is beautiful and healthy. Have a good day!”

Now, I can’t be…

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Products vs. Services

I read a fascinating post today — including the following quote:

WordPress doesn’t provide a service; our software is publicly available and offered for free

https://make.wordpress.org/updates/2019/07/30/update-sanctions-and-open-source/

This quote completely astonished me — especially because I had just yesterday posted something about the WordPress project, regarding precisely this topic (“Promoting Network Effects vs. Promoting Customization Services“). Of course I could also be flabbergasted by the notion of free (FYI: “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” 😉 ), or perhaps also other matters.

While Josepha‘s post has its problems and issues (and also very deep insights into what the whole notion of a “free market” is in the context of government regulations), I also sense that there is an aspect of “soul-searching” going on here. Maybe there are differing opinions within the WordPress project? (another FYI: just about a month ago @ WordCamp Europe in Berlin, Matt seems to have argued that services are indeed central to the WordPress project 😯 )

Choosing a Career? Don’t follow your passion

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Speak to any well-meaning teacher, parent or friend about what to do with your life and no doubt their advice will revolve around the same theme: ‘follow your passion.’ This adage seems to be branded as the single most important ingredient for creating a satisfying career.

So if everyone is telling you this, it
must be true, right? Actually, it’s probably not. In fact, following this
advice could prove damaging.

What if we don’t have a passion? What
if we have multiple passions? What if our passions change?

Chances are, the thing we were passionate about 5 years ago (perhaps even 5 months ago) has probably changed. I was convinced I was going to live in Spain and be a professional salsa dancer… fast forward to the present and I’ve barely even learned to say Hola. You get the idea.

If only!

The truth is, as nice and dreamy as…

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Academic Science and the Gig Economy

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Many of those working in academia have anecdotal glimpses of the changing nature of the workforce; from endless postdoc purgatory to the armies of temporary technicians, a world very much removed from previous decades of apparent stable employment. A paper published recently in PNAS has confirmed these suspicions; Milojević and colleagues looked at changes in authorship in leading journals of representative fields in each of the three major scientific disciplines (astronomy, ecology, and robotics) to determine the longevity of the average scientific career. Their results give a nasty shock. By splitting authorship into two categories (‘lead’ and ‘supporting’ roles) and tracking when authors appear and disappear from published works, the paper determines that since the 1960’s academic science has relied increasingly on a temporary workforce.

Furthermore, the length of a scientific career has been dramatically shortened in recent decades, “…from relatively long survival times in the 1980s to very rapid…

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