Hard currencies

It sometimes happens that questions which appear, on the surface, to have exceptionally obvious answers are, on close examination, very far from straightforward. Take, for example the apparently simple question : “What is money?” Michael F. Bryan, vice president and economist in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, US, explains the […]

Ripping notes

What happens in our brain when we see banknotes being ripped up? Or, put another way, “Is our attitude to money like that to any other tool even though its use is symbolic and is not implemented in its physical structure?” To find out, the researchers from the Center of Functionally Integrative Neurosciences at Aarhus, […]

Keating’s pornography research

Charles Keating, an American financier whose accomplishments later came under intense public investigation, conducted an intense public investigation of pornography. Keating distilled his findings into this video. It remains a model for researchers who would like to emulate the Keating method of analysis and exposition:

Mobius money advice

Would you welcome financial advice, twisted or untwisted, from a man named Mark Mobius? An October 5, 2009 Moneysense article implies that you should. It says: APAFS Chairman, Gerard Cruz added, “Having Dr. Mobius speak about emerging markets is like having Bill Gates speak about the future of computer systems.  Powerful people pay to listen […]

Income Correlates with Orgasm Strength

Income and orgasms are statistical food for thought, thanks to Pollet and Nettle: “Partner Wealth Predicts Self-Reported Orgasm Frequency in a Sample of Chinese Women,” Thomas V. Pollet and Daniel Nettle, Evolution and Human Behavior, vol. 30, no. 2, March 2009, pp. 146-151. (Thanks to Ig Nobel Prize winner Francis Fesmire for bringing this to […]