Author Archives: Augustus Van Dusen

A Weekly Dose of Hazlitt: More Inflation Ahead?

“More Inflation Ahead?” is the title of Henry Hazlitt’s Newsweek column from August 18, 1958. Inflation, a booming stock market despite falling profits, sky high price to earnings ratios, large budget deficits: the present may not be an exact repeat … Continue reading

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An Update on Shinichi Mochizuki, Inter-Universal Teichmüller Theory, and the ABC Conjecture

‘The occasion was a conference on the work of Shinichi Mochizuki, a brilliant mathematician at Kyoto University who in August 2012 released four papers that were both difficult to understand and impossible to ignore. He called the work “inter-universal Teichmüller … Continue reading

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The Big Short Misleads on Ratings Agencies: Government Regulators Crippled the Market’s Self-Regulation by Robert P. Murphy

The most interesting part of Murphy’s article is how government regulations regarding credit ratings agencies prevented a vital feedback mechanism for evaluating their efficacy. ‘The Role of Regulation Finally, consider the role of government financial regulation. There are various rules … Continue reading

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Optimal Supervised Learning in Spiking Neural Networks for Precise Temporal Encoding

‘Precise spike timing as a means to encode information in neural networks is biologically supported, and is advantageous over frequency-based codes by processing input features on a much shorter time-scale. For these reasons, much recent attention has been focused on … Continue reading

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A metric for sets of trajectories that is practical and mathematically consistent

‘Metrics on the space of sets of trajectories are important for scientists in the field of computer vision, machine learning, robotics and general artificial intelligence. Yet existing notions of closeness are either mathematically inconsistent or of limited practical use. In … Continue reading

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Political Economy Quote of the Week for 20160118

“That roundabout methods lead to greater results than direct methods is one of the most important and fundamental propositions in the whole theory of production.” – Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, The Positive Theory of Capital.

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Obscure Progressive Rock: J. T. Bruce

From Prog Archives: ‘JT BRUCE is an artist from San Diego, California. Little is known about him. His website (subjectruin.net) features not only his two albums but also graphic art, short experimental films, and short essays written both by him … Continue reading

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