Category: What I’m Reading

Posts on interesting books or blogs I am reading.

African Women and American Academics

I find myself wondering if I am the only one dismayed by the “mudwrestling” going on among Dambisa Moyo, Jeffrey Sachs and William Easterly… and others. In case you haven’t heard, Dambisa Moyo has written a provocative book on the...

/ 28 May 2009

Good Evolution, Bad Evolution

This post is a little off-piste for me but what is blogging for, if not to occasionally skate on or over the edges of one’s knowledge.  This month is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the...

/ 10 February 2009

The Yin and Yang of Open

In Eric Beinhocker’s The Origin of Wealth, he describes a fascinating software experiment modelling the prisoner’s dilemma but not between two decision-makers (as in the classical scenario) but rather in a multi-actor evolutionary landscape in which anyone can make a...

/ 30 January 2009

Climate Change as Terrorist Threat

Harvard professor of psychology Dan Gilbert gave an inspired talk at Pop!Tech this year in which he asks the question “Why haven’t we rallied our collective power to solve global warning?” In it, he argues that global warming is not...

/ 21 January 2009

The Birthday Innovation or Why Blog?

I think there is a compelling reason why everyone ought to blog/tweet/social network or leave some sort of digital trail. As Seth Godin puts it, the word blog is irrelevant, what’s important is that it is now common, and will...

/ 23 December 2008