Quartz - 26 Aug 2018
A new book explains that the financial conditions and innovations that gave rise to the first truly global crisis, in 1825, are in many ways similar to the conditions that led Turkey and Argentina to their current precarious states. The big lesson from history is how quickly risk aversion melted away during a period of easy money, and how fear returned just as quickly when money started tightening (reads in 7-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 2 September 2018
Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 1 Jul 2018
This is a must-read to understand what’s going on around the world. The human instinct to identify with a group is almost certainly hard-wired, with numerous neurological studies confirming that group identity can even produce physical sensations of satisfaction. Yet, the Yale professor argues that policy-makers underestimate (at their peril) the role that group identification plays in shaping human behavior. They also overlook the fact that the identities that matter most are not national but ethnic, regional, religious, sectarian, or clan-based (reads in 10-12 min).
Published in Weekly selection 23 June 2018
AEOn Magazine - 16 Apr 2018
Aeon psychology and health editor makes a fascinating point: what if war, famine and persecution - that inflict profound changes on bodies and brains - could trigger changes that persist over generations? The notion that we inherit the legacy of our ancestors, not just their wealth and facial features, is hardly new, but recent research in epigenetic trauma shows that induced epigenetic trans-generational inheritance can be observed in plants, insects, fish, birds, rodents, pigs and humans (reads in 12-15 min).
Published in Weekly selection 21 April 2018