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The New England Journal of Medicine looks through 200 years of back issues to understand how we die differently: The first thing to notice here is how much our mortality rate has dropped over the course of a century, largely due to big reductions in infectious diseases like tuberculosis and influenza. The way we talk about medical conditions has changed, too. NEJM finds that, back in 1812 – the first year it published – reports of spontaneous co...
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Here is an excellent post by Noah Smith, excerpt: There are three extremely important forms of human capital that you can’t acquire on the job: 1) Motivation, 2) Perspective, and 3) Human networks. These, I believe, are the types of capital that college is designed to build, both in Japan and in the United States. Read the whole thing.
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TED describes itself as “a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.” In case that was unclear, their statement of purpose is just four lean words: “Our mission: Spreading ideas.” But as Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer has learned, that mission comes with an unwritten caveat: “Unless the ideas might offend one party or the other.” In November, Hanauer wrote a column for Bloomberg View taking direct aim at the conventional wisdom on taxa...
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We keep hearing that renewable energy is booming in the United States, but where is it? Here’s a handy map from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showing how much electricity each state gets from wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal (but not hydropower): Maine was the clear winner in 2011, getting 27 percent of its electricity coming from renewable sources — a lot of it wind power and biomass. But Maine had a lot of renewable energy bac...
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In recent years, many top universities have tried to guide their students into careers other than finance. In 2008, Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard University, went so far as to give a speech to graduating seniors asking them to stand fast against Wall Street’s “all but irresistible recruiting juggernaut.” Tufts University is paying the student loans of graduates who go into public service. The efforts seem to be failing. In December...
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I seem to know a lot of smart contrarians who think that standard human biases justify their contrarian position. They argue: Yes, my view on this subject is in contrast to a consensus among academic and other credentialed experts on this subject. But the fact is that humans are subjects to many standard biases, and those biases have misled most others to this mistaken consensus position. For example biases A,B, and C would tend to make people th...
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From Harvard Gazette: Undergraduates packed Science Center E on Monday to hear two of Harvard’s leading social scientists discuss the way that humans make decisions, and whether having more choices really makes us happier. The event, “What is Your N? A Personality Test for 4 AM Philosophers,” featured a conversation between social psychologist Dan Gilbert and economist N. Gregory Mankiw, and was sponsored by the Harvard University Initiative on t...
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The Kaiser Family Foundation is out Wednesday morning with a new look at what parts of the country stand to be affected the most by the health reform law’s insurance expansion. What you see above is every American zip code charted by the percent of its population that earns less than 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Line ($43,560 for an individual). That’s an important number: Anyone earning below it will either qualify for subsidized health in...
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