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Blogger, Know (Heal) Thyself

27 Aug

What Do You Want To Be?I am switching careers and working with a “career transition” firm in Austin, Texas. I’m taking a lot of “personality” exams, notably the Myers Briggs test (i’m an introverted, intuitive, thinking, judging kind of guy). And so, while I’m in that testing zone, I finally took Arnold Kling‘s “The Three Languages of Politics” nine-question exam. The results were, well, annoying, but explain why I have so few readers. Kling assigns each response one point, with each question having three choices based on the progressive, libertarian, and conservative paradigms. I’m a PLC (my characterization) – mostly progressive (4) , but also a little less libertarian (3), yet with a conservative tinge (2). In other words, a muddle.

Leaving aside career choices, and sticking with the politics, I’ve struggled to define and brand this blog. Usually, I just punt and call it a “personal blog”. Just as I need to assert myself for this career transition, I should grab a hold of this blog. I cringe at the notion of organizing every post around P, C, and L options. After I get a job I really don’t ever want to see one of these tests ever again. There’s value in considering all three policy options, and I always hoped that I could somehow nudge partisans into a constructive debate in the comments section.

Another way to consider this is by referring to the notion of “patternicity“. And, Temple Grandin included patternicity within another three-legged array of human cognition (via Arnold Kling).

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Infidel Links, Memorial Day Edition

6 Jun

korea memorial dayToday is Memorial Day in South Korea.

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Injecting Humility into the Stock Market Debate

8 Oct

What Eric Schoenberg and Gary Marcus are arguing, that psychology is a useful guide for economic policy, but that ultimately skepticism about ideal economic presuppositions are beneficial, dovetails nicely with Nassim Taleb’s black swans and Arnold Kling’s caution. It’s also just another way of understanding how the stock market jitters and the congressional bailout drama relate to what laypeople are experiencing.

As an explanation of the first vote US House rejecting the Paulson bailout plan, it’s reassuring to hear Schoenberg to discuss the experimental economics game, concept of the ultimatum game. And then, from that point, move forward armed with more than ideological talking points to solutions.

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