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On feedback as a fundamental of economics: Part four – Web 2.0, the firm and its customers in the 21st Century

Well I keep promising to explain the neurological foundations of homo dialecticus in Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments but then there keep being things that the previous post requires as a follow up. A couple of posts ago in … Continue reading

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Corporate social responsibility, morale, power and the ascent of man

Margaret Simmons had a lead article in Crikey recently in which she quoted Mark Day bemoaning the way in which, in his view Packers gaming interests were tearing apart the corporate culture of Channel Nine. As Day put it I … Continue reading

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On feedback as a fundamental of economics: Part Three lessons from communications and telecommunications

  I began this series of posts a while ago, but its theme is that two identifiable schools of economics focus on two economic phenomena as central and tend to underplay something else.   The two phenomena and their traditions are … Continue reading

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On feedback as a fundamental of economic life: Part Two – feedback in the workplace

The story so far. In our last exciting installment, we argued that there are three fundamental aspects of economic life that prosper in markets are 1. the pursuit of self interest 2. the generation and utilisation of information and knowledge … Continue reading

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The Theory of Primate Sentiments: Part Three

Here is the last post on primate sentiments – and as I said at the end of the last post, it’s really a postscript. It doesn’t further develop the points made in the last two posts, but tidies up some … Continue reading

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The Theory of Primate Sentiments: Part One.

I’ve just finished reading a book entitled “Grooming, gossip and the evolution of language“ (Amazon link – but no pages to view) by Robin Dunbar a 1996 book written in a highly entertaining style for a lay audience. In my … Continue reading

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Adam Smith’s ‘oratorical’ theory of market exchange as communicative reason: next installment

I came across this review of a new book called The Economics of Attention courtesy of Economic Principles. It sounds like fun. Written by a English academic specialising in style and rhetoric (when he’s not being an expert witness in … Continue reading

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