Morris Beloved

“Try to be one of those on whom nothing is lost.” ― Henry James, The Art of Fiction Dear Reader, Sometimes there’s just not a lot to say. Today, I only want to say this: Morris, Alive, by my friend… Read More

What the [expletive deleted] Is “Eusociality”?

“I am often drawn to what appear at first to be ‘dark’ or ‘difficult’ subjects, but which, upon further examination, are always and only reflections of the ways human beings attempt, however clumsily, badly, or well, to connect with others.”… Read More

Enron and the Democratization of Ideas

“If the popular sensation keeps building, Enron will rise in price even more. But popular sensations are dangerous — whether political or financial. People surrender their own individual judgment and personal knowledge to a kind of mass, herd-thinking.” — The… Read More

Why A.I. Is a Step Backwards

“It is for these reasons that they guard the chastity of the priestess, and keep her life free from all association and contact with strangers, and take the omens before the oracle…” — Plutarch, The Obsolescence of Oracles Dear Reader,… Read More

Covid’s Epiphenomenal Shadows on the Wall

“The ignorant, who perceive themselves as all knowledgeable but are in fact fooled by appearances, reject philosophers who alone understand the true nature of things. Upon attaining knowledge, however, philosophers are required to return among the ignorant to try to… Read More

Omicron Attacks

“Please vaccinate. I have no desire to learn the entire Greek alphabet.” — Tweet attributed to Dr. Sujay Kansagra Dear Reader, On Thanksgiving, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced it was tracking a new form of coronavirus. The next day,… Read More

We’re Gonna Need New Money

“I drew down and fired straight at it. Capped off two hundred rounds in the minigun, full pack. Nothing… nothing on this Earth could have lived. Not at that range.” — Bill Duke as Mac in Predator (1987) Dear Reader,… Read More

The Real Cost of “Build Back Better”

“We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.” — Ronald Reagan, over 40 years ago Dear Reader, On Friday the House passed the “Build Back Better” legislation… Read More

The French Understand What Americans Don’t

“It is an unfathomable absurdity to stick a vision of the contemporary world on texts dating from 2,000 years ago. This is a sordid historic and moral revision.” — French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer Dear Reader, The French have a… Read More

A Live Reading From the TBI

“Diversification is the only free lunch in finance.” — Harry Markowitz Dear Reader, One of my tennis buddies asked me to lunch today. I couldn’t resist the opportunity for a deep dive into my Tennis Buddy Indicator (TBI). The real… Read More

Your Own Hero’s Journey

“The journey of the hero is about the courage to seek the depths; the image of creative rebirth; the eternal cycle of change within us; the uncanny discovery that the seeker is the mystery which the seeker seeks to know.”… Read More