Why do we give children the illusion of a world that doesn’t exist and which all their lives they will compare with a harsh reality? Georges Simenon
If you torture data long enough, it will confess anything. Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as though nothing had happened. Churchill
It is difficult for a man to understand something when his income depends on his not understanding it. H.L. Mencken
By “PVCs” I don’t mean the stuff they make pipes out of. I mean “premature ventricular contractions.”
So there I was, at the end of April 2015, off all my prescription meds. (I still took a baby aspirin and a multivitamin, don’t ask me why.) I was feeling great and knew I needed to exercise, but knowing and doing are two very different things.
I want to launch this post with a disclaimer – don’t do what I did. On the other hand, the usual advice – consult with your physician – might be even worse, for the reasons I’ll get to.
So there I was in early 2015, six months after my heart attack and open heart surgery, taking 12 meds and being urged to add another two to the regime. Instead of rebelling, I was Mr. Goodpatient, passively doing whatever I was told, however insane it seemed.
Recently, two journalists (Tim Harford and Simon Kuper) working for the Financial Times of London attended the FT Weekend Festival. The topic of their onstage conversation was “the nightmare of writing a weekly column.” Tell me about it.
The … task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design. Friedrich von Hayek