Local links run the world We live enmeshed in networks. The internet, a society, a body, an ant colony, a tumour: they are all networks of interactions, among people, ants or cells – aggregates of nodes or locations linked by … Continue reading Without central control
The Invisible Hook: How Pirate Society Proves Economic Self-Interest Wrong I recently took part in a workshop titled “Tensions in the Political Economy Project of F.A. Hayek”. The Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992) is a libertarian God and the workshop … Continue reading Sophisticated libertarianism
Why a cooperative work culture can be bad for star performers Wouldn’t it be nice to work in an environment focused on cooperation and solidarity, one that put the needs of the many above those of the few? Sounds great … Continue reading Collaborative discussion vs. spirited debate
More evidence for voter irrationality Whenever some of us claim that voters are irrational, we’re met with the accusation that we’re elitists who haven’t come to terms with the possibility that crowds are wiser than we are. In this context, … Continue reading Voting brains
Technology, the Faux Equalizer Just over a century ago, an electric company in Minnesota took out a full-page newspaper advertisement and listed 1,000 uses for electricity. Bakers could get ice-cream freezers and waffle irons! Hat makers could put up electric … Continue reading Is technological innovation unfair?
Animal behaviour: Inside the cunning, caring and greedy minds of fish Redouan Bshary well remembers the moment he realized that fish were smarter than they are given credit for. It was 1998, and Bshary was a young behavioural ecologist with … Continue reading What animal behaviour can teach us on humans
In India, Latrines Are Truly Lifesavers The mural on the wall outside of Chandramani Jani’s home is more message than art. It depicts a sari-clad woman relieving herself behind a bush, looking worried as a man advances. A large thought bubble suggests the woman wishes for a toilet of her own, clean and complete with the privacy of a door. To Jani, a 34-year-old sarpanch, or elected village head, in the hilly Koraput district of India’s Odisha state, the mural represents a personal mission. She boasts that ever since she had toilets built in her village of Chakarliguda last … Continue reading Building toilets may not be enough to use them