Quotes & Links #42

1) zeit.de/herdentrieb: QE beschleunigt das Bankensterben

Die smarten Absolventen der amerikanischen Business Schools, die davon leben, dass sie das Gras wachsen hören, zieht es neuerdings eher ins Consulting und in die Software-Entwicklung. Da arbeiten die neuen Masters of the Universe.

Ob das so gut ist…

2) faz.net/fazit: Wie Griechenland bedauerlicherweise aus der Währungsunion flog – Bedauerlicherweise bankrott

Was kann man aus der Geschichte lernen? Ökonomen und Historiker sind sich weitgehend einig: Zwischenstaatliche Währungsunionen sind instabil, weil souveräne Staaten sich den nötigen Regeln nicht beugen wollen oder können.

Ich weiß ja nicht, ob man dafür nicht zu wenig Fälle hat. Die Indizien sind allerdings recht eindeutig. EIN! Verstanden? ;)

3) washingtonpost.com/wonkblog: Road rage is getting uglier, angrier and a lot more deadly
And yet, most people complain about “internet culture” and assign blame to the white male neck-beard, while the world is full with hateful people depending on the situation. I always think people should not use the term “internet culture” because it basically reflects how human behave all f*cking the time.

4) krautreporter.de: “Die am undemokratischsten organisierte Partei in Deutschland ist gleichzeitig die erfolgreichste!”

Ist das Beschäftigungstherapie?
– Beschäftigungsillusion. Es ist genau wie Kabarett: Die ganzen Hohlfratzen, politisches Kabarett, die sitzen da und wedeln sich einen von der Palme und sagen: Die Regierung ist schlecht, die machen immer alles scheiße. Und die sitzen da, Mittelmaßgeschwader und applaudieren und sagen: genau! Und am Ende passiert gar nichts.

Interessant ist auch der kurze Absatz über “Was ist Demokratie”. Ich weiß nicht, ob viele Politologen seiner Definition so zustimmen würden. Demokratie ist ziemlich schwer zu definieren und viele verschiedene Modelle sind vorstellbar und nicht einfach zu vergleichen. Manfred G. Schmidt’s Demokratietheorienbuch ist da sehr zu empfehlen.

5) spectator.co.uk: How Vladimir Putin is waging war on the West – and winning

On a recent visit to Prague, I was surprised to hear so much Russian spoken in the streets, and said so to a friend. He rolled his eyes: ‘Prague has become the poor man’s London.’ Russians who can’t afford Mayfair buy flats in the Baroque city centre. While there, they’ve discovered that the price of manipulating Czech politics is strikingly low.

6) npr.org/money: The Fall And Rise Of U.S. Inequality, In 2 Graphs
Would love the same graphs for Europe, Germany etc.

7) qz.com: Your college major is a pretty good indication of how smart you are

These data show that US students who choose to major in education, essentially the bulk of people who become teachers, have for at least the last seven decades been selected from students at the lower end of the academic aptitude pool.

Why am I not surprised? ;)

8) qz.com: The strongest natural substance known to man is… sea-snail teeth

They grow to 5 cm (2 in.) in diameter, and are thought to live as long as 20 years. Also remarkable is that they clamp themselves to tidal crags with such force that they often leave an oval “scar” in the rock face.

9) washingtonpost.com/posteverything: We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training.

While STEM workers can certainly drive innovation through science alone, imagine how much more innovative students and employees could be if the pool of knowledge from which they draw is wider and deeper. That occurs as the result of a liberal arts education.

Or some social science training ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

10) fivethirtyeight.com: Your Brain Is Primed To Reach False Conclusions

Nyhan cautions against assuming that this educational approach can eliminate the causality illusion. Many psychological studies have shown promising improvements in belief accuracy when it involves matters that participants don’t care about, Nyhan told me.

I actually think that these deficiencies in human thinking are the biggest danger for democracy in the near future (if not already as some of the recent events show). That doesn’t mean that one shouldn’t be skeptical and critical of, e. g. climate change or vaccines, but one should very wary of the conclusion one reaches “alone”.

11) macropolis.gr: You’ve heard the Greek crisis myths, now here are some truths
One of the best article on the Greece situation yet.

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