A complete drubbing by the Republicans in this week's midterms, and not a single interesting article about it on the Internet! I can only imagine that like myself, the entire world was so put off by CNN's bizarre, loud background music that played on top of its analysts Tuesday night that we forgot about the election completely. Or, everyone was just watching Fox News instead.
Alright, you insist on a single article related to the midterms? Here's one on the flawed polling in North Carolina, courtesy of Nate Silver. Now, let's move on to things more interesting:
Tom Brady is the best quarterback ever.
I wear my Boston sports fandom on my sleeve, but even I would usually concede that Peyton Manning is a better quarterback than Tom Brady. Don't get me wrong, I'd never trade Brady for anything (I'll take the three rings), but I always bought into the narrative that Manning was the better pure passer. This piece from Cold Hard Football facts makes a compelling case that on top of having an edge in winning, Brady is Manning's equal or superior in virtually every other way.
What if we're all living in a simulation?
Another terrifying, AI-related thought (I feel like there's been several of these in the last few weeks). This article discusses the possibility that we're all living in some kind of computer simulation by advanced humans, something I've been thinking about since I first read about Roko's Basilisk. What's scary is not only is it possible - it's actually probable.
MBA's aren't teaching management anymore
Clay Christensen did an interview with Business Insider last week which was primarily to defend the criticism his disruption theory has attracted lately. Buried in his interview is an assertion (which I agree with) that business schools have stopped teaching people how to be effective managers, in favor of heavy emphasis on analysis. We're not teaching people how to be executives anymore, just really good consultants and investors. I'd argue it's contributing to the USA losing some of its competitive edge.
Italy is screwed
Speaking of countries losing their edge, Itlay is toast. While I'd like to believe we're not on the same path in America as France and Italy, this is a good reminder of the perils that come with a poorly run state and over-regulation of the economy. Things aren't perfect here, but here's a reminder of the path we could be on, and an admonishment to steer as far clear as possible.