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”.
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Curation of weekly selections – A distillation of the opinions that count!
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Barry Eichengreen, "The age of hyper-uncertainty"
Project Syndicate - 14 Dec 2016
On the 40th anniversary of the publication of John Kenneth Galbraith’s “The Age of Uncertainty”, the Berkeley professor observes that viewed from a 2017 perspective the uncertainty of 1977 seems almost enviable! In this short article that reads in less than 5 min he explains why and what is different.
Published in Weekly selection 16 December 2016
David Brooks, "Does decision-making matter?"
The New York Times - metered paywall - 25 Nov 2016
Commenting on the new book that Lewis wrote about Kahneman and Tversky (the world’s authorities on decision-making), the columnist remarks that their lives’ major trajectories were not determined by big decisions, but rather by historical events, random coincidences, their own psychological needs and irresistible impulsions. In fact, we don’t decide about life; we’re captured by life, and in all the major spheres, decision-making, when it happens at all, is downstream from curiosity and engagement (reads in 7-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 26 November 2016
Tom Vanderbilt, "How Your Brain Decides Without You"
Nautilus - 10 Nov 2016
The world is full of ambiguity, and we see what we want to see. This article explains in quite some details the connection that exists between sensory input on the one hand, and prediction and belief formation on the other hand. In a nutshell, we form our beliefs based on what comes to us from the world through the window of perception, but then those beliefs act like a lens, focusing essentially on what they want to see (reads in 8-11 min).
Published in Weekly selection 18 November 2016
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