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6 December 2015 / On this day in 1765, the first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica was published.  Oh, the irony of offering you a Wikipedia article on the Britannica!

—Jeremy Marchant

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We're predictably irrational
Behavioural economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code:  the hidden reasons we think it’s OK to cheat or steal (sometimes).  We’re predictably irrational—and can be influenced in ways we can't grasp. 

I saw Ariely speak on this subject in Bristol recently.  He epitomises one of the primary qualities of a good speaker:  he tells stories. [16:13]

Signs of the future
Only what it says...

Very droll.

Machiavelli on the rebound?
Few people who denigrate him really know what he says, and many of those that do know only take form his writings what they choose to (but wouldn’t Machiavelli approve?).

In this article,
Michael Ignatieff argues that “The shocking lesson of The Prince isn’t that politics demands dirty hands, but that politicians shouldn’t care”.

I like Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s observation that :
Machiavelli is the complete contrary of a Machiavellian, since he describes the tricks of power and “gives the whole show away”.

A bit of nostalgia
David Sanborn—the Kenny G of jazz—plays a tune for which the word ‘soulful’ is for once on the nail, Randy Newman’s Same girl  [2:19]

...And the yin to that yang, Lesley Ann  [6:06]

An approach to hiring graduates that works
One company, Waterstons in Durham, has comprehensively cracked the problem of hiring and keeping good graduate recruits.  Here is how they do it.

Best practice guide...
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The 22 essential steps for successfully recruiting and retaining young employees.  
The guide covers the four stages:  attraction, recruitment, development and retention.

More long reads on my website.

Quotations on knowledge
Knowledge is power.

Francis Bacon,  1561-1626, English philosopher, politician and essayist,  Sacred meditations
Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.

Simone de Beauvoir1908-1986, French author and philosopher, Force of circumstances
Play is the beginning of knowledge.

attrib George Dorsey, 1842-1911, American politician
Knowledge is folly unless grace guide it.

George Herbert, 1593-1633, English poet and orator
A new selection of quotations on helping and being helped.

Happy birthday...
to my brother Nicolas Marchant, curator of the excellent People first website.  An exemplar on how to organise large amounts of information in a way that doesn’t put the general public off.
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