Category Archives: Blog

“Winning the popular vote” means nothing

on November 13, 2016 in Blog

“Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, so more people want her to be president.“ Sour grapes. And meaningless. Look, I don’t want someone who denies global warming in the White House either, but saying meaningless stuff doesn’t help. All the candidates and all the voters knew the rules of the election years ahead. Winning the election means getting more electoral college votes. Those are the rules. Nobody campaigned to get[…] Keep reading →

Economists contradiction between economic growth and job loss

on October 27, 2016 in Blog

Economists always claim that we need populations to grow for economies to grow, which they seem to regard as a necessity. I’ve never understood why growth is necessary, when what we need is to distribute life’s necessities—food, water, shelter, etc—among people. Anyway, take economic growth as a necessity for the sake of argument. Economists also worry about losing jobs to other countries. Well, if having more people doesn’t cause an[…] Keep reading →

Post-Games Lesson: You Have Two Options In Life

on August 23, 2016 in Blog

  My Inc.com post today, “Post-Games Lesson: You Have Two Options In Life” begins Post-Games Lesson: You Have Two Options In Life Even if we succeed, it can’t last forever. Why do we try? The games in Rio just ended. Even the elite athletes’ glory is fading from the most intense high of their lives, that they trained and sacrificed most of their lives for, to regular lives. As silver-medalist[…] Keep reading →

How society will develop

on July 18, 2016 in Blog

Once no multi-celled life existed. Each single-celled life lived autonomously. I don’t know how multi-celled life evolved, but it did and the cells in your body with your DNA have little autonomy. Your liver cells do what liver cells do and live in your liver. Your heart cells do heart cell things and that’s it. Your nervous system has some decision-making and control, but they have little autonomy either. The[…] Keep reading →

Help critique my new site

on June 28, 2016 in Blog

You’ve read about my online courses and their reviews. I’m working with some developers to create a new page to host the courses since joshuaspodek.com is a blog. I’d love to get the feedback of a few people on the new page, which is almost done. If you’re a regular reader, have an interest in my courses, know how to give helpful advice and feedback on web pages, and are[…] Keep reading →

Your past isn’t a restriction

on June 10, 2015 in Blog

I posted a couple weeks ago how what you studied in school doesn’t restrict you from working outside that field. I’ve talked to a lot of people who feel because they studied a field they have to stay in it. I find it contrary to the point of education that increasing your knowledge in one area should lead someone to believe they are less qualified in another. Logically it makes[…] Keep reading →

Op/Ed Fridays: Americans’ distorted view of wealth

on October 10, 2014 in Blog

I talk about mental models and beliefs and how they determine how you live. Two researchers (“Building a Better America−−One Wealth Quintile at a Time,” Michael I. Norton and Dan Ariely, Perspectives on Psychological Science 2011 6: 9) asked Americans about their views on how wealth is distributed among Americans. The chart below summarizes some results. The top bar, “Actual,” shows the distribution of wealth owned by each fifth of[…] Keep reading →