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Australia or Sweden: which has had the better 2020?

April 15, 2021 - 00:04 -- Admin

Compared to the trends on January 2020, has Australia or Sweden lost more wellbeing in 2020? And which has seen the greater damage to expected future wellbeing years for after 2020? The Table below summarizes the answers to this.

Lost Wellbeing years in Sweden and Australia due to covid and lockdowns

in 2020

beyond 2020


The more things change … Stefan Zweig on the difference in mood attending the outbreak the two World Wars

April 12, 2021 - 17:02 -- Admin

I’ve been listening to The World of Yesterday, the memoirs Stefan Zweig. Zweig was probably the best-known author in 1930s Europe and produced a mountain of material. Essays, fiction, history, poetry, translations, you name it. Today few know of him, though that may be different in the German-speaking world. He was known to my Viennese grandmother so it seemed like a great book to transport me into the world that produced my Dad.

On the nature of gods and inequality.

April 7, 2021 - 18:55 -- Admin

Sometimes one has an idea that blazes into one’s consciousness as a solution to one particular concern, which then starts to be something much bigger than just a solution to a problem. It becomes an interesting thing in itself and starts appearing as relevant to many different areas. The idea that humans will soon start constructing their own ‘minor gods’ has been such an idea for me in the last few years.