Sunday, September 05, 2010

A Response to How Puritans Turned Capitalist

The Ideas blog on the NY times published an article, How Puritans Turned Capitalist which I responded to:

From my own informal research on country measures using OECD data:

In developing countries, industry and work are essential to the wealth of the nation, but once countries reach a certain level of affluence, i.e, are considered developed, work and industry become negative correlates of welfare.

A Comment on Krugman's Post, First They Came For The Climate Scientists

The post, First They Came For The Climate Scientists which I responded to:

Einstein was a fuzzy-headed liberal, and that's a good thing.

Liberals are open to experience, e.g., have open minds, like to travel, and enjoy novelty, unlike conservatives, who tend be closed to new experiences. This also correlates to some degree with intelligence and to a non-literal intellect. Maybe there is something underlying this, like corporal punishment, but this in many ways explains the rabid stupidity and regressiveness of conservatives' beliefs.

A Response to the NYT's article, Prisoners of White Guilt

The Ideas blog on the NY times published an article, Prisoners of White Guilt which I responded to:

Without guilt, and similar emotions, we would simply be avaricious and vicious marauders. If it wasn't for the awareness of the past misdeeds, we would simply repeat the atrocities of our rapacious greed and inhumanity. One could better argue why we could do without the Nietzsche-like ego.

A Response to the NYT's article, Switch Sports After Injury? Never!

The Well blog on the NY times published an article, Switch Sports After Injury? Never! which I responded to:

Although I appear as a single-sport person to many, I've always had a bit of a need for change, and paired with my inevitable stress injuries that came from just running, or biking, or rowing, I gladly changed sports before I did serious damage. Even then, my relatively extensive training knowledge - I was certified as a personal trainer through ACE in the early 90's - taught me the need to training hard-easy, with intervals days followed by something longer and lighter, as well as active recovery.

I recently met someone who claimed to play four (4) hours of aggressive tennis almost daily. He related that he had developed a nagging injury and wanted to know my suggestion for resolving it. When I suggested he should takes some days easy, or replace tennis with weight-training, he was adamant that he could mange with his current regimen of icing and stretching, even though it was required every day he played and has not actually solved his problem. I would assign his inability to change to parts ego, social expectation, and pleasure. He was very proud to tell me about his 'fitness' regimen, particularly considering his age, also as a way to give his wife some free time, and as a pleasurable, intense activity.

A Response to Are Western Minds Different?

The Ideas blog on the NY times published an article, Are Western Minds Different? which I responded to:

It would be better if you had printed, or at least corrected, the acronym, WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic).

Although the more open-minded and academic would accept this as likely true and significant, we live in a country of the very narrow-minded - maybe most humans are - unable to consider things from other viewpoints. Those close-minded, hedgehogs won't be impacted by the fact that people are different. It's a lost nuance....

A Journey — if You Dare — Into the Minds of Silicon Valley Programmers

My responses in a NY Times comment section for the book, Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World by Clive Thompson ...