Thoughts Left Lying Around
I’m clearing out my “idea list”, so here are some ideas not good enuf for full posts:
1. Game theory of the Shangri-La diet – It’s not the olive oil that helps, it’s the taming of hyperbolic discounting.
2. By being cynical and focusing on problems, I am personally weakening trust in institutions. When I look at successful societies, they trust their leaders and institutions. Am I doing more harm than good? If eventual reform improves trust, maybe cynical discussion helps. Maybe correlation doesn’t equal causation and high trust societies are better not because of the trust, but because of another variable, like quality institutions themselves.
3. Having children later in life is worse for the child in terms of health than teen pregnancy, yet stigma on the former is less than stigma of the latter. Is that cultural value outdated? Are the material advantages of late motherhood worth more to the child than the biological advantages of longer parental telemeres? How would society have to change to accomodate younger parents?