Week of February 5, 2012

Week of February 5, 2012

The Other Money

The Other Money

December 16, 2012
(was 02.05.2012)

Have you ever thought about money? Now, of course you have.  Talking about money permeates our existence.  But what if there wasn’t any money?  What would you do?

  1. David Wolman on "The End of Money"

    The end of money. Really?  Are we really on the verge of a coming cashless society?

    Average: 4.2 (13 votes)
  2. Madison East Side Babysitting Coop

    People do without money in many different ways – from simple bartering to using bitcoin on-line. A group of parents in Madison did it by creating a babysitting coop.

    Want to start your own babysitting COOP? Here are their guidelines.

    Average: 3.9 (10 votes)
  3. Paul Glover on Ithaca Hours

     Ithaca Hours is the oldest and largest alternative currency in the US. Since 1991, Ithaca Hours has an estimated circulation of several million dollars and has spawned about 80 imitators around the country.

    Average: 4.8 (12 votes)
  4. David Graeber on "Debt: The First 5,000 Years"

    “Before there was money, there was debt” - boldly states David Graeber in his book “Debt:  The First 5,000 Years”.

    Average: 4.1 (17 votes)
  5. Mark Boyle on “The Money-less Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living.”

    Imagine living an entire year without money.  And I mean no money. No cash. No credit cards. Nothing. Where do you live? What do you eat? How do you wash? What do you do?

    Average: 3.2 (13 votes)
The Procrastination Equation


February 5, 2012
(was 01.23.2011)

The Stoic philosopher Epictetus said that "Anything worth putting off is worth abandoning altogether."  And, unfortunately, a lot of us have taken his advice to heart.

  1. Piers Steel on "The Procrastination Equation"

    Piers Steel describes himself as a semi-reformed procrastinator. He is an authority on the science of motivation and teaches at the University of Calgary.

    Average: 4.1 (17 votes)
  2. Patricia Pearson on Procrastination Anxiety

    Patricia Person confesses she is a procrastinator in this audio essay.

    Average: 3.3 (12 votes)
  3. Jennifer Baker on "Procrastination as Vice"

    Jennifer Baker is a philosopher at the College of Charleston and the author of a recent essay called "Procrastination as Vice."

    Average: 4 (15 votes)
  4. Chrisoula Andreou on "The Thief of Time"

    Chrisoula Andreou is a philosopher at the University of Utah who also contributed an essay to "The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination"...

    Average: 4.3 (6 votes)
  5. Mark Kingwell on the Experience of Procrastination

    Mark Kingwell is a Canadian philosopher who knows all about the terror of the blank page and the procrastination that leads to.

    Average: 4.8 (13 votes)