Thursday, June 02, 2005

Some more of this and that ...

Over at ZooStation, Reuben says he runs into a review, every now and then, that "raises the bar on how to completely trash a movie", and cites this New Yorker review (by Anthony Lane) of Revenge of the Sith as a good example. Talking about trashing someone's work, I found (via Kieran Healy of Crooked Timber) this utter tear-down (by Matt Taibbi) of Tom Friedman's latest book on globalization, The World is Flat.

At Marginal Revolution, Tyler Cowen has a short post explaining that economists are using, in effect, a microscope when they study "one relationship or one mechanism at a time", and concludes "about half of all criticisms of economics boil down to failing to understand the microscope method".

Through MR, I found this great exam paper. At MR, you can find out why Neil Armstrong is suing his barber. If you have the ambition to ever become a Central Banker, you should definitely need to know about this.

[Via Patrix ]: Ten most harmful books selected by some prominent US conservatives. The list includes the usual culprits: Marx, Mao et al. The Kinsey Report figures at No. 4 in this list. At No. 5 is John Dewey's 'Democracy and Education'. From the accompanying commentary, we have this:

"... he disparaged schooling that focused on traditional character development and endowing children with hard knowledge, and encouraged the teaching of thinking 'skills' instead. His views had great influence on the direction of American education--particularly in public schools--and helped nurture the Clinton generation".

You might also find it interesting that Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique makes the Top 10 list, but Simone de Bouvoir's Second Sex gets only an honourable mention. Similarly, Keynes makes it to Top 10, while Darwin gets an honorable mention.