Tag Archives: utility

Newsflash: You Should Be Happy!!!

Matt Ridley has written an entertaining book: The Rational Optimist, detailing all the ways in which life is great for rich people. (By rich people I mean the fraction of humans who make ≥5 figure salaries in $.) For example Louis … Continue reading

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Ethnic Food as a Poset

I like Indonesian food better than Japanese food i ⪰ j, and I like Japanese food better than English food j ⪰ e. I also like French food better than English food f ⪰ e, but I see French food as so different … Continue reading

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The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp in Chad.Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23 Nothing speaks to me like this photo series. The families and their food. This famous photo of the Aboubakars (taken in 2006 I believe) inspired … Continue reading

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Work less. Spend less. Live more. —chalked on a sidewalk at my college, years ago I was reading economics at the time, so it made a lot of sense to cast the preference in terms of isoutility curves. As long as the … Continue reading

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The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity. Epicurus, Principal Doctrines, 300 B.C.

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Drawbacks

If you’re beautiful, you worry people talk to you because of your looks. If you’re on top, you fear losing it all. If you start a business, you notice that it’s less profitable than Microsoft. If you write a book, … Continue reading

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Tychonoff’s theorem gives confidence that our definitions of compactness and product topology are the correct (i.e., most useful) ones. (Tychonoff’s theorem says the product of any collection of compact topological spaces is compact.) SOURCE: The Encyclopedia Wikimedia true = useful! … Continue reading

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