June 2009

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Richard Epstein is Amazing 

While commuting today, I listened to this podcast with Richard Epstein, on Econtalk (Russ Roberts' invaluable series on economics-related topics). I highly recommend this, and the other podcasts in the ongoing series.

Whenever I hear Epstein speak, I'm incredibly impressed by the way he has so much information organized so well and explained so clearly and thoroughly. I realize that he's a professor who is used to outlining and lecturing about complex technical material, but this is something extraordinary. Even if he were referring to notes, which I doubt, his ability to first describe the outline of what he's going to explain, and then to explain it in long but perfectly executed sentences packed with information is just incredible to me.

Perhaps people like John Stuart Mill were able to think and speak like that in the 19th century, but very few people manage to do it today.

Friday, June 05, 2009

The Dragon is Bad! 

Read The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant.

Many people think it's important to be a part of a great cause. One larger than yourself.

Well, the fight against aging seems like a great choice for such a cause to me.

It can produce real good, and not just the false hope that most other "great" causes produce.