Ed Koch, the former three-term mayor of New York City, visited Big Think yesterday afternoon and lived up to his reputation as the quintessential New Yorker. He spoke of his fondness for Chinatown and the Bohemian days in the West Village, when a beer was 10 cents. He also criticized President Obama for planning to send more troops to Afghanistan, warning that Obama will be a one-term president if he doesn’t pull the troops out.
Geopolitics is not a magic 8-ball. But making financial decisions — such as those regarding retirement — in a multipolar world without geopolitics is akin to flying blind in a storm.
Signals from the environment, such as those detected by your sense organs, have no inherent psychological meaning. Your brain creates the meaning.
The high pitches from the flute and the harp would reach your ears before the notes from the tuba and the cello.
“I believe our society’s gotten to the point where you can’t question. You can’t provoke. You just have to adhere to consensus.”