Archive for the ‘Harvard’ Category

Decline, Failure of American Business, Industry and Government: BBC Experts Give reasons

November 7, 2008

This week the BBC’s host of World Business News and Global Business Peter Day is in Dublin talking to two brothers who are rarely in the same country at the same time about the legacy of the Puritan Gift. They review the evolution and failure of American business from Puritan times to the Harvard Business School and the meltdown of 2008…

Will Hopper is a banker.  Along with his briother Ken, he wrote a book about the decline of American business and government….

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The BBC Reports (Audio report):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/worldservice/meta/tx/
globalbusiness?nbram=1&nbwm=1&size=au&lang=en-ws&bgc=003399&ls=p12

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Wall Street, Congressional Smart Guys Pretty Stupid

October 12, 2008

“If these guys are our best and brightest, then it is about time we rethink what constitutes wisdom….”

By Victor Davis Hanson
The Washington Times
October 12, 2008

Until the last few weeks, the financial panic was still mostly far away on Wall Street. But not now.

Car loans, mortgages and college financing are suddenly harder to come by. Millions are stuck in houses not worth what is owed on them. Cash-strapped consumers are cutting back. The economy slows. Jobs disappear. Who wants to open quarterly 401(k) statements only to learn everything they put away in retirement accounts the last two or three years is gone?

House Financial Services Committee Chairman, Rep. Barney Frank, ...
House Financial Services Committee Chairman, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., talks with reporters after meeting with fellow Democrats about the financial bailout package Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008 in Washington.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

There is plenty of blame to go around. Greedy Wall Street speculators took mega-bonuses even when they knew their leveraged companies were tottering – and someone else would pick up the tab. Crooked or stupid politicians allowed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to squander billions, as they raked in campaign donations and crowed about their politically correct support for millions of shaky – and now mostly defaulting – buyers.

The new national gospel became charge now/pay later and speculate, rather than put something away in case of a downturn. To provide more goodies we hadn’t earned, politicians ignored soaring annual budget deficits and staggering national debt and kept spending.

But amid the gloom, there are some valuable….

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/oct
/12/correction-wall-street-101/

The Stuff of Thought

September 14, 2007

“Fascinating.” -Wired

“Mesmerizing.” -Details

“Packed with information, clear, witty, attractively written, and generally persuasive.” -Colin McGinn, New York Review of Books

The Stuff of Thought is a revelation. In this exhilarating new book, Steven Pinker analyzes how our words relate to thoughts and to the world around us and reveals what this tells us about ourselves.

How does a mind that evolved to think about rocks and plants and enemies think about love and physics and democracy? Why do we threaten and bribe and seduce in such elaborate, often comical ways? How can a choice of metaphors start a war, impeach a president, or win an election? Why do people impose taboos on topics like sex, excretion, and the divine? What does the peculiar syntax of swearing (just what does the “fuck” in “fuck you” actually mean?) tell us about ourselves? Why do some names thrive while others fall out of circulation? How do we control the amount of information that we absorb? And what good does this actually do us? Pinker answers all these questions and many, many more. He shows us that language really can tell us unexpected and fascinating things about ourselves.

The Stuff of Thought is a book for everyone. Steven Pinker has devoted his life to studying the way we think and communicate. And language, in his hands, becomes a profound, and highly entertaining, way to shed light on every aspect of human nature.

Read it all:
http://pinker.wjh.harvard.edu/books/stuff/index.html

Related:
What’s In A Name

I see a new future for Pakistan, says Bhutto

September 9, 2007

In an exclusive interview with Jason Burke, the ex-premier outlines plans to help her ‘nation’s poorest’

Sunday September 9, 2007
The Observer

Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, vowed yesterday she would go ‘back to basics’ and invoke her late father’s name to win her way back into power in her country.Bhutto, who was exiled from Pakistan eight years ago after two stints in government that both ended amid accusations of incompetence and scandal, said her campaign would be inspired by the old slogan of her Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) – ‘food, clothing, shelter’.

Read it all at:
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,2165316,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=networkfront

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