Prescriptive Philosophy

Written on August 30, 2008. Written by .

Abandoned Religion The prescriptive-descriptive question. Photo courtesy of Brandon Brubaker The spicy lifestyle morality states that one should maximize expected subjective life quality, subject to no additional constraints. Initially this seems like crazy advice. Almost every well-known moral philosophy has some explicit provision to prevent people from engaging in crime and violence. Even Objectivism, which […]

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What is the Stock Market?

Written on August 25, 2008. Written by .

Wall Street The aspects that nobody talks about. Photo courtesy of Helico Stocks are an extremely popular form of investment nowadays because they are easy to get into and they provide better average returns than safer investments like savings accounts and CDs. But where did stocks come from in the first place? Imagine you are […]

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The Irrational Work Ethic

Written on August 18, 2008. Written by .

Taking it Easy Do you know how to be unproductive? Photo courtesy of ®oberto’s How many hours a day do you think a typical man worked for most of human history? According to modern estimates the answer is 3-5 hours. That is the total amount of work it required for a hunter-gatherer to hunt, gather, […]

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Creating a Coherent Incentive Environment

Written on August 10, 2008. Written by .

Road Put yourself on the road to success. Photo courtesy of jonrr As social animals, we are heavily influenced by the people around us. We each have our own personal value systems, but at the same time, our values are quickly and easily swayed by others. If you want to learn how to surf, but […]

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Upward Comparison

Written on August 4, 2008. Written by .

Bridge over the River How we compare ourselves to others. Photo courtesy of the Max Volta Upward comparison is a term used to describe the situation in which people compare themselves to others who seem to be better off. The feelings of jealousy that may result can be a problem on their own, but the […]

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