Category Archives: Academic Conflict

Conflict about Academic Freedom, Harassment and other issues of the Academy

Twelve Rules for Life as an Alternative to Jordan Peterson’s

 Conservative Canadian academic psychologist Jordan Peterson (1962-) is currently all the rage, especially, apparently among resentful young men. I don’t know any of the latter so I will take peoples’ word for it. His You Tube talks have gone viral … Continue reading

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Bayes Theory in Economics and Economic Forecasting

In response to a recent post in Real World Economics, I set out my views on the application of Bayes Theorem to economics and economics forecasting. https://rwer.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/the-limits-of-probabilistic-reasoning-2/ It’s not really related to how I use Bayes Theorem, but then maybe … Continue reading

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12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson: Review by Julian Baggini

Canadian Psychology Professor Jordan Peterson is all the rage I hear, being told this by a friend who is more in tune with Net Celebrities. And there was some famous interview on Channel 4 that as I don’t have a … Continue reading

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Guide to Statistics in a Mis-Leading Age: Tim Harford

Great insights from Tim Harford in the UK Financial Times: “The best financial advice for most people would fit on an index card.” That’s the gist of an offhand comment in 2013 by Harold Pollack, a professor at the University … Continue reading

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My evening with Joan Robinson and the Tractatus: Edward Fullbrook

A marvelous piece from Real World Economics on intellectual development and intellectual integrity and also about economics but that’s not the main point:  “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money was the first book I ever read with pleasure.  I … Continue reading

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In Memory of Kenneth Arrow (1921-2017)

The great American economist Kenneth Arrow, whose work has often been misused, died last month. A great modeler, yes, but also an economist who never forgot on what assumptions the models were based. One of his deeper insights: “A democratic … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Golden Rule

I really like this approach, by the great author of the Theory of Evolution Charles Darwin (1809-1892), for overcoming Confirmation Bias, our tendency to cherry pick data or information that supports our pre-existing ideas and prejudices and ignore or conveniently … Continue reading

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