From the Ox's Mouth

(articles offering unique perspectives)

How China is Changing Your Dinner Plate
A discussion of the pervasive impact of increased Chinese demand on California agriculture.

Birth Order is Basically Meaningless
Looks like it might be a little more difficult to blame it on "Middle Child Syndrome"...

UNSW Professor Heads to the UN to Call for Ban on Killer Robots
With drone technology and artificial intelligence advancing by the day, are we sowing the seeds of a future that looks eerily like the Sci-Fi classic, 'The Terminator'?

Instilling Empathy Among Doctors Pays Off for Patient Care
An increased focus on understanding the patient could be an important cog in the solution to stemming the exponential rise in healthcare costs.

Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress
Yet another reason to shut off the smartphone and pull out the paperback.

The Self-Promotion Backlash
A discussion of the negative ramifications of a workplace culture where people believe that the only way to get proper recognition is by becoming "the squeaky wheel".

To Unplug on Vacation, Your Own Tech Can Help
Some valuable advice for those looking to maximize the relaxation factor of their vacation.

The Legal Road Map to Better Public Schools
A recent ruling positions the courts to have an increasing effect on education.

Shocking: Many Pick Electric Jolt Over Solitude in Study
How far would you go to avoid being alone with your thoughts?

Why the Mona Lisa Stands Out
Have "historical accidents" and a herd mentality created undeserving works of art?

Faking Cultural Literacy
How many of us use social media and 140-character summations as a cultural crutch?

What Kills You and Your Investments
Barry Ritholtz explains the "cholesterol" of investing.

The Little Town that Might
A story about American reinvention and willed optimism.

The Diminishing Returns of a College Education
Rising costs and lagging outcomes suggest major flaws in our higher education system.

News is bad for you- and giving up reading it will make you happier
Maybe we should all think twice about the massive amounts of news we consume on a daily basis.

Why news addicts fail at financial planning
Information overload is a disturbing malady that has paralyzed many retirement investors. It's caused by the 24/7 news outlets that provide more news and information than anyone can digest.

On America's Farms, Data Is the New Cash Crop
Farmers are going high-tech in order to automate their fields and improve crop yields.

Ethan Zuckerman: 'The risk of social search is we trade serendipity for safety'
A discussion of the potential for Facebook's "Graph Search" tool to stifle exploration and happenstance on the internet.

How Yemen Chewed Itself Dry
Exploring Yemen's addiction to Qat as a primary source of their current water woes.

The online Utopia does not exist. We need to reboot.
Computing pioneer Jaron Lanier outlines the negative societal & economic implications of the widely-triumphed tenets of free information and open file-sharing.

Explaining the Value Premium
A discussion on the long-term outperformance of value stocks over growth that includes a refreshing take on risk as well as the behavioral biases that hinder our ability to capitalize on opportunities.

Postcard from Yemen
Economist Thomas Friedman provides a micro-level example of the implications of water scarcity and its potential to breed violence and conflict.

Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning
These days, screen-addicted Americans are more stressed out and distracted than ever. And nope, there’s no app for that. But there is a radically simple remedy: get outside.

Letting Down Our Guard With Web Privacy
Despite the growing instances and consequences of digital theft and fraud, consumers remain remarkably complacent about guarding their personal information on the internet.

How to start a movement
An intriguing and entertaining video displaying herd mentality in human beings.

Eunuchs of the Universe
Tom Wolfe, author of The Bonfire of the Vanities, returns to Wall Street to detail how “the nerds” became the new Masters of the Universe.

Learning to Love Volatility
The Developer of The Black Swan Theory, Nasseb Talib, outlines ways in which investors can use volatility to their benefit.

Higher Education: Not what it used to be
Rising tuition rates and shrinking financial returns are undermining higher education's legacy as a "no-brainer" investment

Harvard Losing out to South Dakota in Graduate Pay
A tough choice for students- Harvard or South Dakota M&T?

Harvard Pledge Values ‘Kindness’ Over Learning: Virginia Postrel
How an elite college attempts to reconcile attainment with kindness. Can they?

A Nation That’s Losing Its Toolbox
Mastering tools and working with one’s hands are receding as American cultural values

Silicon Valley Says Step Away From the Device
Tech firms are uneasy over the effect time online has on productivity.

Princeton Baccalaureate 2012: Michael Lewis
Don't Eat Fortune's Cookie

The Joy of Quiet
A discussion of the downside of our highly-connected, modern society.

An Investor’s Worst Enemy? Their Brain
Behavioral economics can help shed light on just how irrational we can be as investors.

The Jobs University: How to Turn Our Schools Into Engines of Innovation
A unique approach to fostering entrepreneurialism on our campuses.

The King of Human Error
Michael Lewis digs back in time to find the origins of the theory that spawned Moneyball.

Inside Capitol, Investor Access Yields Rich Tips

Shale Gas Revolution

Wall Street Smarts

A look into the importance of Portfolio Managers investing in their own funds

NBA franchise owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban discusses an interesting metaphor he uses for Wall Street traders and the implications it has on the true investor.

A detailed look at the high-stakes game of cyber-warfare being played between hackers, cyber-security firms, and government intelligence agencies.

Water Scarcity is already driving innovation by entrepreneurs worldwide looking to benefit from the trend.

This article suggests that the assertion that India has an infinite supply of well-qualified labor waiting to undercut jobs in developed countries may be overblown.

A sobering article about the magnitude of government spending and how much we all contribute.

An excerpt detailing the indirect global effects of Chinese water issues


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