Studying history

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Walter Scheidel on what really reduces inequality: Violent shocks
Interview with author of / summary of perhaps the most depressing of the books I read while on vacation.
Yet another year in which you haven’t won a Nobel Prize!
"I want to remind those of you who work in obscure research areas, produce unpopular artworks, or face ridicule for untimely writing, that history will be your final judge, not your contemporaries."
Victim entitlement to behave selfishly.
"Three experiments demonstrated that feeling wronged leads to a sense of entitlement and to selfish behavior."

Andy Crouch on "Why Christians make lame movies"

Andy Crouch being interviewed here is former executive editor at Christianity Today:

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Facebook rolling out new ‘Snooze’ feature to temporarily block annoying friends & pages
Might be worthwhile. I suspect that people might want to mute me too from time to time.
The Mesh of Civilizations in the Global Network of Digital Communication
" In The Clash of Civilizations, Huntington ... famously concluded that the axes of international geo-political conflicts had reverted to the ancient cultural divisions that had characterized most of human history. ... Contrary to the supposedly borderless world of cyberspace, a bottom-up analysis confirms the persistence of the eight culturally differentiated civilizations posited by Huntington, with the divisions corresponding to differences in language, religion, economic development, and spatial distance."
Health Services as Credence Goods: A Field Experiment
"A test patient who does not need treatment is sent to 180 dentists to receive treatment recommendations. ... We find that the patient receives an overtreatment recommendation in more than every fourth visit. A low short-term demand, indicating excess capacities, leads to significantly more overtreatment recommendations. ... we observe significantly less overtreatment recommendations for the patient with higher SES compared to lower SES under standard information."


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