Saturday, March 23, 2013

Highly linkable

This Los Angeles Review of Books interview with evolutionary biologist Michele Pridmore-Brown touched on a lot of interesting topics including some good challenges to the Paleolithic man obsession currently in vogue. I myself am sympathetic to the Paleo ideas, but like all things it must be taken in moderation and in proper context. The magnitude of how Paleo you go matters, so to speak. 

Scott Sumner lays out a great explanation as to why we can all say, "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" 

Last month the great economist Armen Alchian passed away. Among so many other contributions such as the importance of property rights, Alchian is famous for the Alchian-Allen Theorem which for example tells us why we're more likely to find the highest quality apples in Washington, D.C. rather than Washington state where they are grown. Don Boudreaux shared his thoughts on Alchian in this brief Cato Daily Podcast. David Henderson offered his remembrance in this WSJ article