Brain dump

In which I offload the stuff that’s been bothering or interesting me all week onto you so that you too can get annoyed about things that have nothing to do with you and be struck by odd little revelations while queuing with sandwiches or on hold to British Gas. You’re welcome.

Review by Stephanie Trigg of The Legitimacy of the Middle Ages: On the Unwritten History of Theory, ed. Andrew Cole and D. Vance Smith. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.

This review gives you a useful little whistle-stop of medievalism and how people have been doing it and the dodgy roles modernism has assigned to it, all of which will be totally intuitive to you if you’ve learned any history other than the Nazis, the Nazis, Henry VIII and the Nazis, and quite blow your socks off otherwise.

Study with the hunter-gatherer Hadza appears to show that they do not display the common bias known to economists as the endowment effect.

One for heuristic bias fans and Neolithic ideological transition fans (because prehistorians love ethnographic analogies, we know we shouldn’t, but give us a break, we only have bloody stone tools otherwise). And really who isn’t one or the other?

Buy to let, not Help to Buy, is the real scourge of generation rent. 

“Generation Rent” here is said to include “20, 30 and even 40-somethings”. Make no mistake that this article and others like it are only appearing in your friendly local broadsheet because of the “even 40-somethings”. Before people who can’t buy (and increasingly are finding renting a stretch) started getting to an age where they were reaching senior positions in their lines of work and were able to influence discourse, no-one gave a badgers.

What Would Thucydides Do?

An Old Person would like your help making an app. Actually, I don’t think this is an old person problem at all, I think he’s right. There’s a bazillion dust-gathering apps out there which only exist because someone decided They Should Make An App rather than because they had a good concept that would suit an app form. But I am no-one’s idea of a go-to girl on outreach, so see what you think.

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