In today’s hyper-connected world, analysis has become a mere commodity. Retrieving it – let alone information – is like drinking from a fire hydrant. For example, Googling “global economic growth" yields 61 million results; “Eurozone deflation”, 1 million; “tensions in south-east Asia”, 2 million, and so on... It should therefore come as no surprise that we get easily lost in this myriad of information and analysis.

In the face of analysis overload, it becomes invaluable to sift, select and frame the issues and opinions that matter. This is why The Monthly Barometer came up with a Weekly Selection of op-eds and articles. Each week, we select just five of them (out of hundreds that are sent to us by our network) that we frame in two or three sentences. These five pieces convey in a succinct and accessible manner the thinking of people whose opinions matter the most in a variety of macro fields: economics, geopolitics, society, environment, technology and psychology. They constitute a “formidable” shortcut to complex analysis by offering insights and snapshots that can be read in just a few minutes and are easy to digest. For those keen to make sense of today’s world, The Weekly Selections are a must-read. They constitute the best antidote to information and analysis overload.

As a new service, The Monthly Barometer is now offering to its subscribers, and a potentially much larger group, a curation of all The Weekly Selections. On any given macro issue, it will be possible to access the best thinking at the tap of key.  This service should therefore be of particular interest to researchers and students enabling them as it does to grasp with ease “who said what and when”.

Subscribers of the Monthly Barometer can access curated Weekly Selections as part of their subscription. 

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making

    James Hamblin, "On Cognitive Doping in Chess and Life"

    The Atlantic - 21 Mar 2017

    A landmark new study on how “neuro-enhancement” affects the performance of top chess players comes to the counter-intuitive conclusion that thinking more effectively may mean thinking more slowly. Now the challenge is to consider how these substances will occasionally work as tools to help people in deliberate ways, as opposed to keeping swaths of people constantly enhanced or never enhanced.

    Published in Weekly selection 24 March 2017


  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making, Technology, Innovation

    Various, "What Scientific Term or Concept Ought To Be More Widely Known?"

    Edge - 20 Mar 2017

    This is not our normal selection because it contains no less than 206 entries (that read in 2-4 min each), but the yearly Edge’s Annual Question is always an intellectual feast. An incredibly talented and diverse group of individuals respond. If you want to know more about concepts as diverse as confirmation bias, noösphere, cognitive ethology, neural code and 202 more, read-on at your own leisure. Brilliant!

    Published in Weekly selection 17 March 2017


  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making, Technology, Innovation,

    Various, "Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence?"

    Scientific American - 25 Feb 2017

    This long article (reads in more than 15-20 min) is a must-read. The 9 authors are all prominent “hard” and social scientists who argue that we are in the middle of a technological upheaval that will transform the way society and the economy are organized. They exhort us to make the right decisions now and explain why it is so critical to do so. They see great opportunities but also considerable risks. Brilliant and insightful throughout…

    Published in Weekly selection 3 March 2017


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