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A few weeks ago I was part of a sort of sociology workshop about economic valuation under uncertainty. There I listened again to Dr Taleb…

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Algorithmic Trading Strategies

It always seemed to me, and recent occurences seem to confirm it, that most algorithmic trading strategies are long volatility but short volatility of volatility.

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Lou Reed and Godel

Doug Hofstadter’s book about Godel’s theorem, “I am a Strange Loop”, points out that mathematicians before after Hilbert and Russell and Whitehead thought that in…

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10cc of H2O

I keep becoming more aware of contradictions and of the inability of reason to cope with them or reconcile them. On my way to the…

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Size Matters?

I’m not a basketball fan and I know next to nothing about it. But I was fascinated by this 1972 photograph of Pete Maravich in…

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Karma

Somewhere I seem to think I once read the line “Karma is the mechanical expiation of sin.” I mentioned it in my book and seemed…

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Imagination

There’s an interesting review of Dawkins’s “The God Delusion” in the latest NY Review of Books, by H. Allen Orr, a professor of biology at…

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History = Destiny

Some time in the early 1970s Nature magazine had an article about people whose names matched their occupations. There was a famous neurology textbook “Diseases…

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Iconic New York

I was idly watching bits of ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ on TV the other night. There was one scene where Tom Hanks flies to NYC to…

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Short Sighted Science continued

Carolyn Porco, the Boulder scientist I mentioned two blogs ago who sees science as everyone’s solace for the universe’s apparently dispassionate behavior towards humans and…

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Short Sighted Science

There is this sudden rash of books by famous scientists suggesting we extirpate religion from society, starting with Daniel Dennett ‘s “Breaking the Spell: Religion…

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Lying

People seem to believe that the ability to talk developed in order to improve communication beyond mere gestures and grunts. But perhaps the ability to…

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