Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Utilatarians should craft legislation

Apparently, utilitarians are psychopathic, Machiavellian misanthropes — and they make great legislators.  From the Sep. 24th, 2011 print edition of The Economist:

Moral philosophy: Goodness has nothing to do with it

Utilitarians are not nice people

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January 30, 2012 Posted by | behaviour, philosophy, politics | , , | Leave a comment

Women make better traders

Testosterone makes male traders more susceptible to “irrational exuberance”.  From the Sep. 24th, 2011 print edition of The Economist:

Traders’ brains: Rogue hormones

Bad trade? Blame the adrenal cortex

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January 30, 2012 Posted by | behaviour, investing | , , , | Leave a comment

Aging and asset prices

The aging population of the western world may bring lower asset prices.  From the Sep. 24th, 2011 print edition of The Economist:

Economics focus: Bringing down the house

The effect of ageing on asset prices may make the rich world’s problems worse
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January 30, 2012 Posted by | economics | , , , , | Leave a comment