I grew up in a post-WWII world where, temporarily, because of their capacity to create devices that wreak destruction, physicists had lots of influence in government.
Capitalism depends on lending and borrowing, and hence on banks.
The internecine arguments by economists in the daily papers show that a good part of economics is about what is good and how to achieve it.
The hurricane edition of the NY Times contains an article about a new British TV show on the downside of immortality.
I have been reading a column in the Sydney Morning Herald by their Economics Writer Jessica Irvine.
I had thought globalization was a good idea. The developed world was rich, and it seemed as though outsourcing was going to diminish the wealth discrepancy between the rich and poor, decreasing the slope of the wealth line between the USA and the developing world.
If there's one larger lesson one learns from options theory that transcends its technical details, it's that there aren't unmitigated goods.
Google's big battle will be that they know (and care) nothing about customer support or user interface.