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Evolution Humor

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2010 by Peter G. Klein

From The Onion, of course:

Man At Very Top Of Food Chain Chooses Bugles
April 26, 2010 | ISSUE 46•17

SOUTH BEND, IN—Despite having no natural enemies and belonging to a species that completely dominates its ecosystem, local IT manager Reggie Atkinson opted to consume the processed corn snack Bugles Monday. “I was in the mood for something salty and crunchy, and it’s a little early for dinner,” said the ultimate predator, whose ancestors’ bipedal locomotion, toolmaking abilities, and advanced spatial recognition developments allowed them to hunt animals 10 times their size. “These are original, but the other flavors are pretty good, too.” Acting on an impulse from an incredibly complex forebrain that has evolved over millions of years, Atkinson then took note of the Bugles’ amusing conical shape and placed one on each of his opposable thumbs like little wizard hats.


History and Philosophy of Economics at UBC

In extra reading on March 1, 2010 by Peter G. Klein

Some of you may wish to jet up to Vancouver next month for a one-day workshop at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia, on the “History and Philosophy of Economics.” Jack Vromen’s talk should be of particular interest to this group, but the whole program looks good.

History and Philosophy of Economics

Friday April 16, 2010 8:00am to 6:00pm
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study, Conference Rooms, University of British Columbia
Organizers: Margaret Schabas and Tyler Des Roches (UBC)

8:30  Margaret Schabas (UBC): Hume on Economic Well-Being

9:30  Evelyn Forget (Manitoba): ‘At Best an Echo’: 18th and 19th-Century Translation Strategies in the History of Economics

Coffee Break 10:30 to 11:00

11:00  Malcolm Rutherford (Victoria): Science and Social Control: The Institutionalist Movement in American Economics, 1918-1945

12:00  Jack Vromen (Erasmus):  Heterogeneous Economic Evolution: A Different View on Darwinizing Evolutionary Economics

Lunch (on site) 1:00 to 2:30

2:30  D. Wade Hands (Puget Sound): Back to the Ordinalist Revolution: Behavioral Economic Concerns in Early 20th-Century Consumer Choice Theory

3:30 Steven Medema (Denver): The ‘Subtle Processes of Economic Reasoning’: Marshall, Becker, and Theorizing about Economic Man and Other-Regarding Behavior

Tea Break 4:30 to 5:00

5:00 Michel de Vroey (Louvain): Lucas on the ‘Lucasian revolution’: An Assessment

Margaret Schabas is a Peter Wall Distinguished Scholar in Residence 2010-11. Funding for the workshop is provided by the Distinguished Scholar in Residence Program. The Departments of Economics and of Philosophy (UBC) provided additional funding.

Prior registration is mandatory, but there is no fee. Contact Tyler DesRoches for more information and to register.