Emanuel Derman

Intuition, initial and final

October 28, 2011

I had dinner with Kahneman once a few months ago, and have now been dipping into his deep and thoughtful book Thinking, Fast and Slow.

OS Moi

October 27, 2011

Someone directed me to this remark by Larry Page: “DNA is about 600 megabytes compressed making it smaller than any modern operating system like Linux or Windows.”

Maybe markets need more principles and less regulation

October 21, 2011

What follows are some remarks I intend to make on Friday Oct 21 2011 at a panel on global risk organized by GARP and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The Tides on the Ides at Times Square

October 17, 2011
The Tides

The sun’s gravity pulls at all parts of the planet, and the bits of earth closer to the sun get pulled harder than the bits farther away.

“A bang or two”

October 14, 2011

This is an extended version of a review I wrote on Amazon for Lucky Bruce: A Memoir (Hardcover)

Why I’m right

October 12, 2011

This article about Raymond Tallis, whom I’ve never heard of, strikes a chord with me because it’s related to a post I wrote recently on this blog, as follows:

Trials and tribulations

October 10, 2011

A very short video account of amazing but true things that can actually go wrong when you publish a book:

Two things that don’t remind me of Steve Jobs

October 7, 2011

1. In this country politicians use polls to try to figure out what people want, and then offer it to them in order to get elected.

The dangerous method

October 7, 2011

I went to the NY Film Festival for the first time in years last night and saw David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, a movie about the interactions between Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein who was Jung’s mistress, Jung and Freud’s joint patient sequentially, and an eventual analyst herself.

I Had a Dream

October 4, 2011

In this article on nightmares in the WSJ, there is the following paragraph:

Modern psychiatrists, led by Allan Hobson of Harvard Medical School, believe dreams are electrical pulses from the brain stem randomly bombarding the center of the brain where visual memories are stored, creating kaleidoscopes of images around which the brain concocts stories.