Don't let them stay home and listen to the blues."Feel No Pain" - Sade (1992) Rise of the Robots (2015), a New York Times bestseller, is trying to scare you and tell you that technology can take away your job. But there is no way it will happen to you. You are a smart human. … Continue reading Will Robots Indirectly “Suicide” Us?
(Photo credit: Associated Press) Young Hong Kong protesters, mostly male, are playing with fire, literally. The protests in Hong Kong were originally about the extradition bill, which would allow the government to extradite people in Hong Kong to mainland China. But the problem grew much bigger than that. The focus has shifted to police brutality. … Continue reading How Can Biology Help Explain a Protest?
(Photo by Richard Mortel) In the famous Maslow's hierarchy of needs, things like friendships, relationships, etc. are recognized as a basic need, slightly less important than safety and security. In the World Happiness Report, of which one of the purposes is to estimate what factors contribute to the happiness of a country, has found that … Continue reading He Was Right about Social Connections 2300 years ago
(Picture by Kaufdex) It is widely believed that, to make a good decision, we have to be aware of the costs and benefits and calculate them. Most economists and people who have been trained in economics believe this, including me in the past. Why did I hold that belief only in the past, but not … Continue reading The (Psychological) Costs of Calculating Costs
(Photo by Inmediahk) After looking at a conflict in the Pacific Ocean, let us switch to East Asia. Hong Kong is now stuck in a political conflict which has brought it multiple mass marches and violent protests (or "riots"). To put it briefly, the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, attempted to amend the law so as … Continue reading If You Can’t Speak, You Can’t Lead. Here is how.
(Photo by OccupyHilo) Many people see Hawaii as a paradise. It has very nice weather and beautiful beaches and mountains. People are kind, and the atmosphere is usually peaceful, but not recently. A group of scientists from different countries have decided to build the 30 meter telescope (known as TMT) on top of the Hawaiian … Continue reading Trouble in Paradise: Hawaii and the Big Telescope
(photo by Mohamed Hassan) Long time ago, if you talked about meditation in front of me, I would probably roll me eyes immediately, thinking that mediation is some kind of silly spiritual thing. But I am a person who can be persuaded by evidence. Later I learned that meditation is beneficial in many ways based … Continue reading Meditation and Economics: What is the Connection?