Quotes & Links #76

1) re-define.org: #ThisIsNotACoup – Dispelling some myths about the Greek agreement
Thought about writing something one Greece, but there are already so many articles that it’s kind of unnecessary.

2) aeon.co: Cheeseburger ethics

Ethicists do not appear to behave better. Never once have we found ethicists as a whole behaving better than our comparison groups of other professors, by any of our main planned measures. But neither, overall, do they seem to behave worse.

Part of what I find unnerving about the cheeseburger ethicist is that she seems so comfortable with her mediocrity, so uninterested in deploying her philosophical tools toward self-improvement. Presumably, if approached in the right way, the great traditions of moral philosophy have the potential to help us become morally better people. But in cheeseburger ethics, that potential is cast aside.

Should doctors also live a healthy lifestyle? Or at least a healthier?

3) statisticsviews.com: “Statisticians are like cogs in a bigger system”: An interview with Dr Ben Goldacre
I didn’t watch the video.

4) thetlantic.com: How to Say (Almost) Everything in a Hundred-Word Language

There’s no word for please or thank you. I mean, maybe if you really wanted, you could say pona, but then why would you overuse a word that’s so big and powerful?”

5) medium.com/@dropeik.com: Taleb’s “The Precautionary Principle (with application to GMOs)”. Advocacy Masquerading as Rational Argument.

6) newyorker.com: Greece Needs the Euro
I liked the comparison to Israel, although I have no idea if it applies or not.

7) zeit.de: Der Geldbote von Amorgos

8) cliffeconomics.com: Germany’s current account surplus – Structural or cyclical?

Assuming the estimations are to the point, one could therefore argue that the large German current account surplus is mostly cyclical, and therefore temporary.

Recommended for a short introduction behind the mechanisms of current account surpluses.

9) medium.com/bull-market: German Economic Thought and the European Crisis
A decent look at ordoliberalism, but I’m still not convinced that most German economists follow that school of thought as strictly as people say.

10) andrewgelman.com: Prior information, not prior belief

11) voxeu.org: Debt sustainability puzzles: Implications for Greece
A week or so ago I tweeted that it’s not all that clear if IMF’s predictions about Greece’s debt sustainability are correct. Here is one framework to look at it differently. The IMF study was widely cited widely by the supporters of debt relief, I wonder if this article will be as well. Then again, the discussion has been mostly about throwing links and article at each other and then proceed to ignore the other side…


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