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On Reading Jose Rizal

To write is to lay bare one’s soul, in so many words, for all to see. To read a book, then, is to look into the soul of its author. I have just finished reading Leon Maria Guerrero’s highly readable … Continue reading

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Mahbubani’s “The New Asian Hemisphere”: a review

There are two aspects to this book. On the one hand, the book does a very good job of narrating exciting history that is unfolding here and now.  It lucidly tells how both India and China have adopted free market … Continue reading

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Long Term Potentiation

Long term memory in the brain is realized partly by weakening irrelevant connections and strengthening relevant connections among neural cells. Connections that become strong can still become weak if not exercised. Our long term memory is not like computer Read-Only … Continue reading

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Osmosis

Local communists and other rabidly anti-American elements claim that American influence on Filipino culture is so pervasive but subtle that we ourselves are not aware how most of our personal decisions are symptomatic of a culture vanquished by imperialist America. … Continue reading

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Metamorphoses

Warning: this is long and may be troubling. met·a·mor·pho·sis [met-uh-mawr-fuh-sis]1. Biology. a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Philippine Elections

After enjoying half of my life in the U.S., I came back to the Philippines with the idea of starting anew. After more than a year living here in Cebu, I say I love it here. I like the warmth … Continue reading

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Prof. Haruhisa Ishida

Prof. Ishida was a very kind Sensei/Senpai (teacher/mentor). He was responsible for starting my career at Intel Japan in the late 1970’s. He mentored me while I was a research student at the University of Tokyo (‘Tokyo Daigaku). He was … Continue reading

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Investing Out Of Conviction

I am no Warren Buffet, who can see beyond balance sheets and have an expansive view of a company in one look. I am just a mortal being with a simple economic viewpoint: when you increase the supply of anything … Continue reading

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Gold Dips Again! Another Opportunity to Buy

Gold dipped to $921 per ounce Yesterday. Today it’s even lower at $915. It may go lower than $900, but I don’t expect it to go lower than the previous dip, which bottomed at about $860, in early April. This … Continue reading

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It will be helpful if Geithner can show us some arithmetic

“It will be helpful if Geithner can show us some arithmetic.” That’s a quote from Chinese economist Yu Yongding, poking fun at Geithner’s mission to assure the Chinese that their investments in the U.S. are safe. The U.S. dollar is … Continue reading

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