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BAUDELAIRE'S ‘L'Albatros’ AND THE RESOURCE CURSE

Ses ailes de géant l’empêchent de marcher – Wole Soyinka, and the fumes of Nigeria petroleum –  The best way to waste your time (assuming you want to) I am not a poem-person (most likely to my disadvantage), but I somehow stumbled on the 1861 Charles Baudelaire’s ‘L’Albatros’ several years ago. I can’t remember understanding Read More

albatross-415217_960_720

BAUDELAIRE’S ‘L’Albatros’ AND THE RESOURCE CURSE

Ses ailes de géant l’empêchent de marcher – Wole Soyinka, and the fumes of Nigeria petroleum –  The best way to waste your time (assuming you want to) I am not a poem-person (most likely to my disadvantage), but I somehow stumbled on the 1861 Charles Baudelaire’s ‘L’Albatros’ several years ago. I can’t remember understanding Read More

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My MIT PhD Application, and the 3 Irrefutable Biological Lessons Of History

  First, life is competition. Here is Will and Ariel Durant in their 1968 book: Lessons of History “Competition is not only the life of trade, it is the trade of life – peaceful when food abounds, violent when the mouths outrun the food” I have met folks who have repudiated competition, at almost every Read More

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On Good Ideas (and Errors)

   “…IT’S PRETTY OBVIOUS, THE MIDDLE TOP IS THE SWEET SPOT” Benjamin Franklin wrote: “Perhaps the history of the errors of mankind, all things considered, is more valuable and interesting than that of their discoveries…” In the same vein, the British economist William Stanley Jevons also said the following words, “In all probability the errors Read More