Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

SuperCooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed

Here’s a review, by David Willetts , of Martin Nowak and Roger Highfield’s book, SuperCooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed

The link to the review is here: The invisible hand that binds us all

Willetts’s bottom line:

Like other great controversialists, Mr Nowak moves from decision matrices to emotive moral language. He says the best strategy is to be hopeful, generous and forgiving. Hopeful means you first try co-operation – your opening move should be positive. Generous means not to be as concerned where you are relative to others as to obscure your own gains from interaction even if they are more modest. Forgiving means if someone else defects, you do not defect straightaway but try to re-establish co-operation, not least because it could have been an accidental mistake.

We cannot just offer freedom, opportunity and choice without also recognising the power of belonging, commitment and roots. But all politicians can draw inspiration and ideas from the intellectual resources of this exciting approach.

You can buy the book on Amazon, by clicking here: SuperCooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed
(As always, no endorsement is implied.)

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Chasing Madoff

Here’s a review I wrote of the film, Chasing Madoff. (The movie is about Harry Markopolos, the whistle-blower who tried for nearly a decade to bring down Bernie Madoff.)

The movie is based largely on Markopolos’s own book, No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

You can buy the book on Amazon, by clicking here: No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller
(As always, no endorsement is implied.)

Review of Juan Williams’ “Enough”

The book isn’t new, but the author is definitely in the news these days. The book is Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America–and What We Can Do About It, and the author is Juan Williams, recently fired by NPR over his on-air comments about Muslims.

Here’s a review (by Kam Williams, writing for AALBC): Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America–and What We Can Do About It

Williams’ bottom line:

[This book is] a diatribe which basically blames African-Americans themselves and their Democratic leaders for the assortment of ills which still beset the community.

….a tome which reads more like a series of Republican talking points than an honest assessment of the state of African-Americana.

You can buy the book on Amazon, by clicking here:
Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America–and What We Can Do About It
(As always, no endorsement is implied.)