What is consciousness? And how do I really know you are conscious? This is the problem of solipsism. I know your brain is very similar to mine as you look like a human, sound like one and give an expression of someone with brain like other humans. By mathematical induction then, there is a perfectly … Continue reading Consciousness, quantum physics and Buddhism
Banks create money based on borrowers' promise (in exchange for bank loans) to pay back, i.e. money is created out of debt. The Bible:"One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor but has great wealth" (Proverbs 13:7). Or: “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.”(Proverbs … Continue reading what is money?
Innovation, shminovation. We're obsessed with innovation. But why care about innovation? Perhaps because it's comfortable to think innovation is panacea for our social stagnation or economic graveyard called capitalism? Indeed, if capitalism, it must be messy to drive innovation. Ask yourself, how many Fortune-500 firms breathe innovation? Only few. In them "innovation initiatives face their stiffest resistance after they show … Continue reading how capitalism relates to shminovation and bible
In 2007, I was writing an essay I submitted for St Gallen university’s prestigious annual symposium. Instead of conventional and well-trodden topics such as leadership/entrepreneurship, I vied to seek out correlations between a nation’s religiousness, leadership, availability of natural resources and economic development. Based on extensive research of modern Norway, KSA, Hittites and post-Gutenberg Europe, … Continue reading How religiousness affects economic development
Noah got drunk drinking wine (yayin) – God told him to enjoy it. Bible says that God gave wine to make men glad. Wine makes us irrational, or does it? Even without it, there is much evidence that we are irrational. Halo effect, cognitive dissonance, Chameleon effect (mimicking increases/decreases likability), and so on and forth. How … Continue reading Noah, human irrationality and vision of Communist America
In England, there are some absurd laws: It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants In America, absurdity=(religion+politics)/law. Nixon was Quaker, hosting religious services in White House. Reagan’s NS sessions were held in presence of religious scholars and based on notions like Paradise. … Continue reading Absurd laws in England and disbelief in American Constitution