Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper

On Amazon.com: Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong (2014) Author Robert Bryce challenges the zero-sum neo-Malthusians (climate change, polution, water shortages, war, political gridlock, debt crises, income inequality, etc.) head-on in his latest book. By recounting the technological progress human beings have made in so many different areas — including communications, electronics,…

WSJ: Survival of the Fittest Is Best Defense for Cyber Attacks (2012)

My 5/3/2012 WSJ Letter to the Editor, reprinted here: LETTERS Survival of the Fittest Is Best Defense for Cyber Attacks May 3, 2012 3:55 p.m. ET Judging from his April 23 op-ed “Everyone Should Pay for Cyber Defense,” Martin Feldstein doesn’t know enough about software, biology or evolution. Why is biology important? Because software hacking—and…

WSJ: You Cannot ‘Pause’ Evolution (2015)

My 4/20/2015 WSJ Letter to the Editor, reprinted here: Drs. Baltimore and Berg have unimpeachable scientific credentials, but judging from their opinion piece, they appear to have an incomplete understanding of human nature. Every technology advance has been pursued aggressively for the perceived economic or military advantage of its developer. Just a few examples are…

Your Baby’s Owner’s Manual

My start-up idea: “When your baby Julia (say) is born, you send off a cheek swab to Marvelton Labs, and they send you back an “owner’s manual” for Julia which will — most importantly — describe her cognitive tendencies so that you can “row in the same direction” with her as she grows up.” When…

Economics in One Lesson

On Amazon.com: Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics (1946) “…the whole of economics can be reduced to a…single sentence. The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that…

Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

On amazon.com: Free to Choose: A Personal Statement (1980) Milton and Rose Friedman explain and advocate for free markets.  A classic text by 1976 Nobel in Economics prize-winner Milton Friedman and his wife Rose. Excerpt: “The fecundity of freedom is demonstrated most dramatically and clearly in agriculture. When the Declaration of Independence was enacted, fewer than 3…

The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead

On Amazon.com: The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don’ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life (2014) This slim book contains clear advice for young people about how to behave in civil society. The table of contents says it all.  Rather than copying and pasting, here is the subset…