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The Mind of the Market: How Biology and Psychology Shape Our Economic Lives

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    The Bias of Freedom

    This book is biased, biased towards freedom. What the idealogue, whom wrote the previous review, fails to comprehend. Is the corruption of power inherent in any power structure, particulary that which exists in Government. Government by the people, for the people is a bi-product of societal evolution. However, we have allowed our present form of Governance to back-slide into a state of Oligarchy. The idea presented in this book is sound, rational, and based on the emergant science of Evolutionary Psychology. One should read the entire book, before rendering one's own biased assumption.

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  • Posted January 18, 2009

    Why I Believed Wierd Things

    I had enjoyed Michael Shermer's columns in Scientific American for several years so I finally bought his latest book when it came out in paperback. I had not discerned his precise ideological stance from the columns, but two chapters into this, I finally got it. I am astounded that Michael Shermer edits a magazine called the Skeptic, because this book reveals he is not the least bit skeptical, he is a true believer. His jeremidad against The God of Government reveals him to be an ideologue and a shallow thinker. Governments, like markets, are an evolutionarily emergent phenomenon in the development of human civilization, not some irrational appendage that rationalism will do away with. I found this quote from page 20 of the paperback edition particularly amusing and instructive "And nearly everyone still holds to the folk belief that in order for our economy to be healthy, it must be heavily regulated from the top down". Folk belief? How about pressing empirical reality? How about the government having to essentially nationalize the commeanding heights of American finance because left to their own devices they led the global economy over a cliff? I am looking forward to Shermer's next column and then book "Why I Believed Wierd Things"

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