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Probably the best “Acknowledgments” ever (2)

That’s real and so truthful 🙂 and the fact that this “Acknowledgments” written by Talcott Parsons‘ grandson –  Jotham Parsons, makes this even more amusing… “This enumeration of my indebtedness, together with much else that I have doubtless omitted, is more … Continue reading

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Jacques Derrida on Fears in Writing

An eminent French philosopher Jacques Derrida reflects on the dualistic process of intellectual creation in the course of writing — (un)consciously anxious yet urgently imperative.  ”Each time I write something, and it feels like I am advancing into new territory, somewhere I … Continue reading

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Corporate Governance — for the society and the environment

Our societies are all scarred by Milton Friedman’s creed that “the social responsibility of business is to increase its profits”; our economies are all wounded by corporations’ obsessive pursuit for short-term profit maximization; regrettably, we all pay the price of dodgy and excessive corporate … Continue reading

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Academic CV of Failures – a motivational lesson

A fundamental rule of writing a resume rests on the unspoken prescript of omitting anything that didn’t go as planned or actually didn’t worked out. This principle is doubly valid and relevant with regard to preparing an academic CV. Each academic CV is … Continue reading

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Consensus in economics: when and why economists stopped discussing each other’s work

A French moralist and essayist Joseph Joubert, known for his posthumously published Pensées (Thoughts), wrote “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it”. I recalled this quote while reading Joe Francis’ interesting post … Continue reading

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Probably the best “Acknowledgments” ever

__________________________________________________ “I blame all of you. Writing this book has been an exercise in sustained suffering. The casual reader may, perhaps, exempt herself from excessive guilt, but for those of you who have played the larger role in prolonging my … Continue reading

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Albert Einstein on the power of ideas and imagination in science

What do economic sociology and political economy, or social and political sciences in general, have to do with Albert Einstein?.. you might probably ask. Well, they do — and hopefully at the end of this post you will agree with me. I … Continue reading

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Unethical behavior of economists

Ethical conduct in research is not just a matter of institutional rules but a core foundation of the moral and professional principles by which any scholar must be guided. Do academic economists, whose works still constantly influence legislations and policy making, follow this basic standard? Let’s … Continue reading

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Class struggle — Karl Marx would be proud of this guy

On a whiteboard at the college entrance “Tell us what class are you struggling with and why? The Bourgeoise b/c they control the modes of production” 😉 Although it should be “means of production”, I think this person has already … Continue reading

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The academic conferences alert!!

“We have time for just one long-winded, self-indulgent question that relates to nothing we’ve been talking about.”   😉 I wish all the academics in the house a pleasant and fruitful scholarly conferences season! Meanwhile, see here and here more memories of these unique intellectual fetes! … Continue reading

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