Eugene Wei

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Technological change and the future of financial intermediation

In London I am often asked to give talks about developments in the finance sector to a general audience. One question which routinely comes up is …

FinTech

'Magical' warfare technologies and the persistence of false beliefs | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal

Almost universally, societies have non-falsifiable beliefs about their origins, life after death, and rituals that activate supernatural processes to …

Democratic Republic of the Congo

You Do Not Think Alone

“The Thinker,” Auguste Rodin’s bronze sculpture, has become a visual cliché, a common representation of deep thought — a figure, gazing down, chin on …

Psychology

Who owns black pain?

Discussed in this essay:<p><i>Get Out,</i> directed by Jordan Peele. Blumhouse Productions, QC Entertainment, and Monkeypaw Productions, 2017. 104 minutes.<p><i>Open</i> …

In Search of Fear

Sometimes, to confuse us, fear transforms taste into odor. A smell by association can usher in anxiety and lead to phobia. Some people react …

Ether Thief Remains Mystery Year After $55 Million Digital Heist

Camille Paglia: On Trump, Democrats, Transgenderism, and Islamist Terror

Camille Paglia is one America's smartest and most fearless writers. Like Elvis, she's the kind of superstar who really needs no introduction—though …

Conservative POV

What does it mean for a journalist today to be a Serious Reader?

Before the books arrived, Adam Gopnik, in an effort to be polite, almost contradicted the essential insight of his life. An essayist, critic, and …

Journalism

Paradoxes of Probability and Other Statistical Strangeness

You don’t have to wait long to see a headline proclaiming that some food or behaviour is associated with either an increased or a decreased health …

Australian Universities

Language alters our experience of time

It turns out, Hollywood got it half right. In the film Arrival, Amy Adams plays linguist Louise Banks who is trying to decipher an alien language. …

Language

The Warriors Duped The NBA

Chuck Jones, the classic Warner Bros. animator, used to say that we are all defined by our disciplines: When anything is possible, the things we …

NBA

Tears

<i>A Tale of Dominance, Submission, and Friendship on the Cheap</i>.So humans are a peculiar species. You probably knew that. What you may not have realized …

Psychology
21st Century

How the Self-Esteem Craze Took Over America

In 1991, a children’s book called <i>The Lovables in the Kingdom of Self-Esteem</i> was published. Written by Diane Loomans and illustrated by Kim Howard, <i>The</i> …

Psychology

Standing up for cinema

Martin Scorsese

Why Men Don’t Live as Long as Women - Issue 49: The Absurd

Years ago when I was conducting my doctoral research on the evolutionary history of men among a remote indigenous community of hunter-gatherers …

Women's News

How to use repetition

A couple times a week, I hear someone remark “It is what it is,” accompanied by a weary sigh. I always puzzle over the expression a little bit, …

Language

Housing Is Shamefully Segregated. Who Segregated It?

Housing segregation scars every metropolitan map in America, and almost every institution of American life is complicit in maintaining this geography …

Housing

What Was Bill Maher’s Big Mistake?

I know what he meant. Lots of people know what he meant. Nonetheless, the thing about some jokes is that they’re open to interpretation, and the interpretation isn’t up to him.<p>“Him” is Bill Maher, whose HBO talk show is “Real Time With Bill Maher.” The title is a selling point: <i>Who knows what might</i> …

Bill Maher

Kathy Griffin’s Gaffe Proves She Doesn’t Know What’s Funny Anymore

In 2017, her act isn't aging well.<p>Posted on June 02, 2017, 22:35 GMT<p>Ringo Chiu / Reuters<p>Comedian Kathy Griffin cries during a news conference in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, June 2.<p><b>There’s a moment in Kathy Griffin’s</b> 2005 Bravo standup special, <i>Kathy Griffin Is...Not Nicole Kidman</i>, where she tells a …

Comedy

25 Shocking Predictions about the Coming Driverless Car Era in the U.S.

The night before my talk for the Texas Transportation forum in Austin, Texas, my wife and I were involved in a car accident. Since Uber and Lyft no …

Transportation

James Bond: 50 Years of Main Title Design

After 50 years and 23 films, the James Bond franchise is inarguably the most successful and steadfast in film history. Based on a canon of novels by …

Movies

While the rest of the world tries to “kill email,” in China, it’s always been dead

It’s a familiar story for students or businessmen on their first-ever visit to China. After rounds of beer and <i>baijiu</i> with potential clients, or a karaoke gathering through a university exchange program, the foreigner will ask the Chinese person sitting next to her for his email address.<p>The Chinese …

China

Sharing economy takes mercantile twist in China

Income from rented goods accrues to owners of capital, not regular citizens<p>The sharing economy is taking off with a vengeance in China, where you can …

Sharing Economy

Blockchains Never Forget

Just three years ago, in 2014, I wrote a little short story set in a future where most work is organized around blockchains. That story was set …

Bitcoin

The Democrats Need a New Message

After another demoralizing loss to a monstrous candidate, Democrats need a reboot<p>The story of Greg Gianforte, a fiend who just wiped out a Democrat …

Elections

The Media's Best-Kept Secret Was A Free Wall Street Journal Login, And Now It's Gone

Username: media. Password: media. Everyone knew about it, but nobody talked about it.<p>Posted on May 26, 2017, 18:06 GMT<p>Kiichiro Sato / AP<p>It was good while it lasted.<p>For years, one of the best/worst kept secrets in media circles was a login that unlocked the Wall Street Journal's formidable paywall. …

Journalism

Mood as Extrapolation Engine: Using Emotions to Generate Momentum

I believe that moods (or less colloquially, states of mind) can be used not just <i>defensively</i>, making the best of whatever mood you’re in (as I …

state of mind

The Advantage Of Being A Little Underemployed

The biggest employment change of the last century is the number of careers that shifted from physically exhausting to mentally exhausting. From doing …

ISIS Has A Strategy To Create A Media Frenzy And News Outlets Are Struggling To Disrupt It

It’s 2017, and the world is shaken by another depraved mass murder, carried out and claimed in the name of ISIS. This time, it is children who are targeted. And just like the countless other times before, the mass media coverage seems stuck on a loop: the same few videos of victims panicking, …

Islamic State (ISIS)