Trump administration officials have compared the global allocation of vaccines against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 to oxygen masks dropping inside a depressurizing airplane. “You put on your own first, and then we want to help…
Alfredo BehrensThe global allocation of vaccines against the coronavirus will most likely look like oxygen masks dropping only in the first class of a depressurizing aeroplane
Alfredo BehrensNow also in Europe the eight-year-old service: online monthly meetings with high executives colleagues. They allow you to have spontaneous informed exchanges on matters which otherwise might deprive you of sleep. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2P5Ffmp
The New Yorker
– Jul 23, 2020, 5:14 PM
One could be forgiven for thinking that rhetorical dynamism long ago vanished from the hallways and chambers of the United States Congress. It has been a hundred and sixty-four years, for example, since Charles Sumner, the anti-slavery Republican…
Alfredo BehrensWhen the President bragged with impunity that he can grope women at will, his minions became unleashed.
Below is a seemingly random selection of recent news stories: The US Army has shown an interest in regenerative medicine. Established in 2008, the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine is a virtual research organisation which brings…
Alfredo BehrensWeak signals are easily overlooked in the business world, because they represent uncertain knowledge. It is often the case that, in the fear of losing face, people are afraid to even mention weak signals.
The New York Times
– Jul 1, 2020, 2:00 AM
When the economy is in crisis, who do we turn to for help? Not corporations — it's governments. But when the economy is flourishing, we ignore governments and let corporations soak up the rewards. This was the story of the 2008 financial…
Alfredo BehrensThe government bailed out Tesla, but asked for shares only if Tesla failed to repay, though by then the shares would have been near worthless. Strange.
Do fish have faces? In one sense, the question is trivial. A 10-year-old would likely answer yes: after all, a fish has eyes, a mouth and what can pass as a snout. It seems to have all the essentials of a face. But there are far-reaching…
Alfredo BehrensSocial psychologists have found that humans who eat meat attribute significantly fewer indicators of sentience to animals that end up on their plate than do vegetarians.
Throughout history, portraits featuring the human profile have evolved to reflect changing cultural norms. A new study led by Helena Miton, a Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow, and co-authored by Dan Sperber of Central European University and…
Alfredo BehrensScenes with more space in front of a directed object are both produced more often and judged as more aesthetically pleasant.
The New Yorker
– Jun 1, 2020, 3:00 AM
I've been thinking a lot about Edward Hopper. So have other stay-at-homes, I notice online. The visual bard of American solitude—not loneliness, a maudlin projection—speaks to our isolated states these days with fortuitous poignance.
Alfredo Behrens'He leaves us alone with our own solitude, taking our breath away and not giving it back.'
The New York Times
– Jul 24, 2020, 6:00 AM
LUIS BARRAGÁN 'S INCLUSION in the pantheon of the 20th century's most influential architects rests on a strikingly limited output: foremost his own house and studio in the west of Mexico City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, followed by a…
Alfredo BehrensOctavio Paz on Barrag[an: 'His architecture was inspired by two words: the word magic and the word surprise. The roots of his art are traditional and popular … stemming from Mexican pueblos where walls are painted in vivid colors — reds, ochres, blues — ”