What I’ve Been Reading March 3

An author’s reasons why “young people” may wish to purchase a house. I don’t know that I needed any convincing, but I do like the list.

William J. Broad suggests in this article that philanderers are a popular breed among yoga practitioners because yoga enhances libido. I have a problem with what he says: he only seems to point out male leaders of yoga as philanderers. If yoga encouraged such behavior, there would be countless men and women guilty of what Broad considers questionable sexual practices. I would posit that the actual deciding factor in the philandering is the “leader” part and not the “yoga” part. You only have to look at philandering politicians to understand what I’m suggesting.

I’m interested to listen to this TED talk about technology and human relationships.

Neuroeconomics? Well the pioneer doesn’t seem to understand that economists make assumptions in order to simplify problems enough to study them. By no means do most economists actually think the public is fully rational and self-interested. It’s not fair to make us sound like we do think that. Anyway, this is hardly a new field, it’s just a more in depth one. Behavioral economics has been around for quite some time now.

Rush Limbaugh apologized for his comments, trying to pass them off as an attempt at humor. I wish everyone would just stop listening to his show. He’s rather gross. I wonder who convinced him to apologize?

“Chain of Avoidable Errors Cited in Koran Burning” I guess they would have been okay had they burned medical textbooks. Are they so illiberal that burning books for the sake of security is still looked upon as a crime? It’s bad enough that they think everyone that decides to dispose of a Koran should bury it on “sacred” ground or put it in a river. They can’t even accept that these books were burned not because they were religious texts, but because they were a threat to security.

Pensions are, I think it’s safe to say, generally a bad idea. In the case of fire and police workers, they make a certain amount of sense. Otherwise, why do people get paid to do nothing? Added to the questionable nature of pensions is salary spiking in the final year (or, in some cases I’ve heard it said the final 2 or 3 years) that result in inordinately large pensions.

In “Digital Self-Publishing: Should Publishers Be Worried?,” the writer, Jacobs, expresses his appreciation for the traditional publishing houses and suggests that self-publishing is nothing to be worried about. Yet you could likely self-publish without many of the pitfalls that Jacobs experienced. You could, for example, ask friends or family members to proof-read your essay or book for you (particularly essays). You could also write about something more interesting than Jacobs’ self-published essay about his reading history. I don’t think Jacobs’ points are entirely salient.

Wall Street Psychopaths? Nah, just more likely to exhibit psychopathic behavior (which is a range). This is one of those slightly sensationalized headlines.

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