I honestly thought that there was some spiritual background to being the Roman Catholic Pope. You are officially the successor of Saint-Peter, and as such the protector of the Church on Earth. After all you are entitled to the keys to Heaven. I thought that the Pope was elected because the Holy Spirit would induce the [...]
This week’s Analysis episode (BBC Radio 4) gives listeners who, like me, are unfamiliar with the Middle-East a very good introduction to the Alawis, or Alawites. They are a sect of Islam, considered by Sunnis as heterodox.
They have been a minority, who felt persecuted for [...]
We are often told that protectionnism is bad, but not necessarily know why it is bad. There’s a myriad of problems, but the biggest concern is that protectionnism inflates prices. By favouring local companies instead of potentially cheaper foreign ones, protectionnism reduces competition between firms. Local firms have less incentives to price their products competitively.
I finally let an unearthly sigh of relief as the results of the US presidential elections were announced, plastered, shouted, tweeted, facebooked, broadcast, podcast, all over the world. And the reason I sighed is not because of the winner (although Obama did appear more in touch with reality, facts, stats, etc.). The reason was that elections [...]
The answer could well be yes if one follows this article by researchers Andrew J. Healy, Neil Malhotra, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, aptly entitled “Irrelevant events affect voters’ evaluations of government performance“.
To precisely test for the effects of irrelevant information, we explore the electoral impact of [...]
In case you have been away from the Internet in the last months, you have been lucky to escape the flooding of comments on the US elections. Amongst this craze, debates in particular attract a lot of attention. And weirdly enough, it is ALL about who won. I don’t understand what on Earth Alpha Centauri [...]
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