Sentences to Ponder


1. Risk analysis in one lesson

“Mueller and Stewart provide invaluable information on relative risks.  Terrorism, as all numerate folk know, continues to be a microscopic danger.”

The big killers: war, cancer, traffic accidents. This is why I’m a (mostly) pacifist who is very excited about driverless cars.

The big life savers in terms of cost benefit: steering column regulations, unvented space heater bans, seat-belts.

Perhaps we have the wrong heroes.

2. The economics of parenting

“A decline in inequality is likely to prompt a more relaxed parenting.”

3. The Upside of Your Dark Side

“In The Upside of Your Dark Side, two pioneering researchers in the field of psychology show that while mindfulness, kindness, and positivity can take us far, they cannot take us all the way. Sometimes, they can even hold us back. Emotions such as anger, anxiety, guilt, and sadness might feel uncomfortable, but it turns out that they are also incredibly useful.”

I just ordered the book. It reaffirms my prior beliefs on the issue, but I’d like to explore the ideas more.

4. Amazon must be stopped 

“In its pursuit of bigness, Amazon has left a trail of destructioncompetitors undercut, suppliers squeezedsome of it necessary, and some of it highly worrisome.”

I had never thought of suppliers (as opposed to consumers) as a class worth protecting via anti-trust law. I remain unconvinced.

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