Are reciprocal ratings the cure or the curse?

A Uber passenger can rate the driver and vice versa. An Airbnb guest can rate the host and vice versa. Reciprocal ratings are commonplace today – what are the pros and cons? Let’s do some thought experiments.

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Come Out to Play for Fun – On “Finite and Infinite Games”

As this is a piece on playing games, of course I promise you a decent (over)dose of playfulness + humor + perhaps a winning strategy.

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[Big Ideas – Special] Understanding Markets via “Narrative Economics”

Nobel laureate Robert Shiller looks at “how stories go viral and drive major economic events” via “narrative economics”.

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The Tastiest Pizza is often the Messiest One

Guess what, your favorite pizza could be your best teacher on critical thinking. Check out what pizzas teach us about chaos & complexity.

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Witch Hunt 2019 Version: On What Grounds Do You Stand?

“What if everything we are taught in economics 101 is not only wrong, but may even be setting us up for populism, dictatorship or revolution?” Wondering why that’s the case? Read more about a modern “witch hunt” in an “economy of deception” littered by “preference falsification”.

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Talk Takeaway: “Fintech & Blockchain in China” by Prof. He Zhiguo (University of Chicago)

Takeaways from a talk on fintech & blockchain – and the 1st topic we talk about is *pig faces*, which is of course highly relevant. Plus the topics of kings and how to summarize money in 4 words (or less).

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Life Is The Ultimate Imitation Game (René Girard reading notes 1)

“Man differs from the other animals in his greater aptitude for imitation.” Let’s look at this quote from Aristotle from the modern lens of evolutionary biology, identity politics, game theory, and AI.

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