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Look For Judgement

About a week back I was pitched an algo trading scheme that was offering a mostly 12%+ return monthly. There were the past performance figures, with even the odd slip-up. 168 more words


The Value of Academic Freedom

A little while ago, a paper emerged from the interwebs titled, “Overflow in science and its implications for trust“. As its parsimonious title suggests, the paper concerns itself with the over-production of scientific research publications (“overflow”) and the implications of this speed of productivity for trust between scientists.  1,273 more words

Higher Education

Revolutie en sociologie

Themanummer Sociologie Magazine: Revolutionair. ‘Hoe-het-beste-te-leven-doctrines’ verschenen als Redactioneel in: Sociologie Magazine nr. September 2015:  p.2.

Revolutionairen wentelen een staat om. Ze keren een gebied binnenstebuiten. En vermoedelijk keren ze ook wel eens hun was binnenstebuiten, moet ik hier toch meteen aan toevoegen, want revolutionairen lijden nogal eens aan een gebrek aan zelfrelativering en humor. 313 more words


Are you an Insider or an outsider?

Do you have to be an American to write about America, or a Black person to write about African American issues? Or a Christian to write about Christianity? 1,066 more words


Yellen is “Yell-ing” About High Stock Prices!

Earlier this week, Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, spoke at the Institute for New Economic Thinking conference at the IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C. 866 more words

Themes - Trends

Social & Environmental Theories of Crime Causation

Socio-Economic theories of crime causation rose to prominence during the industrial revolution. During that time the economic pull of migrants to large centres of populations lead to the amount of people living in cities to sky-rocket. 296 more words


The Matthew Effect

The Matthew Effect was named by sociologist Robert Merton who named if after a sentence from the Book of Matthew in the Bible, viz., “For those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance, but for those who have nothing, even that will be taken away.” Matthew was specifically referring to wealth (the rich get richer and the poor get poorer). 210 more words

Human Memory: Theory And Data