A passport to privilege

Tim Harford’s FT column from 11th of November, 2014, dealt with the essence, and the updated whereabout of privileges.Where-is in the past class mattered, Harford now point the finger elsewhere…

Read it all here.

A passport to privilege

A passport to privilege

In the new design of The Undercover Economist page in G magazine, there is now an additional illustration that relates and focuses on a trivia derivative from the column. This week the focus was on Pride and Prejudice, which is cited in the text. I am attempting as often as I can, to make the link between the main illustration and the small one, either literally , visually or both.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

The sountrack of your life

The title above is the one I’ve attributed to a piece I’ve created by request of a good friends of mine.

A couple of friends of their’s got married and they had the idea of commissioning me to come up with an idea for a present.

For a while now, I’ve been toying with the idea of creating within the third dimension, so I thought this could be a good opportunity for me to explore.

I’ve discussed at length together with my friends the nature of the two protagonist and came up with the following idea:

Wedding gift, first ideas

Wedding gift, first ideas

Wedding gift, first ideas

Wedding gift, first ideas

As the groom is invested in catering for the need of humans to gamble on the net, and the bride is a psychotherapist. I thought to myself: the nature of marriage (in my humble opinion and 30 years of happy marriage) is first and foremost a partnership, in which two humans are taking all their chips, and placing them with love and faith on one number. all this is happening while the roulette is turning below their feet. The image was already there, I only had to accommodate the two in the comfort of the psychotherapists’ sofa, while sailing above the record that produce, with luck, the harmonious and hazardous soundtrack of their lives.

My friend was happy for me to go a head and give this idea a concrete shape, and so I did.

In a wooden wine chest, for good spirit, I have housed the elements which I’ve created from plywood, coloured and assembled.

I was left with the impression that everybody’s happy with the result. Following this experience, I’ve decided I want to create a series of boxes for myself…

The soundtrack of their lives

The soundtrack of their lives. final

The Secret to Resisting Temptation

distractions and temptations AW

distractions and temptations AW

Effective self-control has been linked to happiness and success in life while failures of self-control can have costly consequences, researchers said. The latest study suggests people with good self-control may use so-called proactive avoidance to avoid resisting temptation.

Read the rest of the article here, The wall Street Journal, Nov. 24, 2014

Until both the editors and myself reached the above final artwork, we’ve explored a series of other ideas I’ve presented them with. It may sometimes be challenging, still, mostly entertaining. I love my day Job (same as my night one… sometimes)

The Secret to Resisting Temptation 3rd rough

The Secret to Resisting Temptation 3rd rough

The Secret to Resisting Temptation 2nd rough

The Secret to Resisting Temptation 2nd rough

The Secret to Resisting Temptation

The Secret to Resisting Temptation

 

Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

About a third of Americans, for example, believe the “birther” conspiracy theory that Obama is a foreigner. About as many believe that 9/11 was an “inside job” by the Bush administration.

You can click on this link here to read the full text of Michael Shermer’s Skeptic column,  Scientific American, Nov 18, 2014.

Supermarket’s game theory

Supermarket's game theory

Supermarket’s game theory

This illustration accompanied an article by Tim Harford for his column The undercover economist, originally published in the FT, and published again in G magazine with my illustration for the past 10 years or so.

Forty years ago a German economist, Reinhard Selten, published a working paper with the title “The chain store paradox”. It was simple and profound and showed a discomfiting disconnect between the fashionable mathematical tools known as “game theory” and the recommendations of common sense.

This is the set-up. Imagine a chain store with 20 branches, one in each of 20 small towns. Lacking any competition, these branches charge high prices and are lucrative. In each town, an entrepreneur is considering opening a rival shop. These 20 local entrepreneurs will, one by one, decide whether to compete against the chain store or to sink their capital into something else.

 

Read it all here.

 

Perpetual Peace, Skeptic.

Michael Shermer’s October’s Skeptic column deals with the rare commodity of peace.

Ever since, the “democratic peace theory” has had its supporters. Rutgers University political scientist Jack Levy, in a 1989 essay on “The Causes of War,” reasoned that the “absence of war between democratic states comes as close as anything we have to an empirical law in international relations.” Skeptics point out such exceptions as the Greek and Punic wars, the War of 1812, the U.S. Civil War, the India-Pakistan wars and the Israel-Lebanon War. Who is right? Can science answer the question?

Rad it all here.

Perpetual Peace - Are democracies less warlike?

Perpetual Peace 
Are democracies less warlike?

 

How the Survivor Bias Distorts Reality

Finally , My August installment for my Scientific American column is here. With this elegant delay, here it is:

Trying to understand what made the mercurial genius so successful. Want to be the next Steve Jobs and create the next Apple Computer? Drop out of college and start a business with your buddies in the garage of your parents’ home. How many people have followed the Jobs model and failed? Who knows? No one writes books about them and their unsuccessful companies. But venture capitalists (VCs) have data on the probability of a garage start-up becoming the Next Big Thing.

Read it all Here

Survivor bias

Survivor bias