June 4, 2009 – Tyler Cowen

June 4, 2009

  • Social interaction
  • Discussion of current issues and events

And a lively conversation with our featured speaker

Tyler Cowen
Professor of Economics, George Mason University
and the Center for the Study of Public Choice

Is the Web Dumbing Down
Our Culture?

Tyler Cowen’s next book, due out in July, is Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World.

From Amazon: “…the way we think now is changing more rapidly than it has in a very long time. Not since the Industrial Revolution has a man-made creation — in this case, the web — so greatly influenced the way our minds work and our human potential. Cowen argues brilliantly that we are breaking down cultural information into ever-smaller tidbits, ordering and reordering them in our minds (and our computers) to meet our own specific needs….explains why the coming world of Web 3.0 is good for us; why social networking sites such as Facebook are so necessary; what’s so great about ‘Tweeting’ and texting; how education will get better; and why politics, literature, and philosophy will become richer. This is a revolutionary guide to life in the new world.”

About Tyler Cowen
“I am a professor of economics at George Mason U. and at the Center for the Study of Public Choice. I am also the Director of both the James Buchanan Center and the Mercatus Center. My lovely wife, stepdaughter and I currently reside in Fairfax, Va….
“Additionally, I write for a blog, The Marginal Revolution: Small steps toward a much better world.”

Since April 2006 he’s written a monthly business column for the NY Times. At his website, you’ll find his New York Times Slatearticles, webcasts, chapters from his books, his pieces on economics of art, on economics of culture, on globalization, economics, and culture, on blending of world culture, on microeconomics, on philosophical issues, on political philosophy, on Virginia Postrel’s book “Substance of Style,” his ethnic dining guide, updated 1/09, to N. Virginia/D.C./Maryland area, and his recommendations of book, music, movie and art.

Professor Cowen last spoke at Junto in July 2008.

  • We gather at 7pm on the first Thursday of each month and begin our organized meeting around 7:30.
  • The featured speaker is normally introduced at about 8. The meeting continues until about 10.
  • Please note: Junto is not the usual sort of meeting with a long speech followed by Q & A. Invited speakers give a short presentation, and then are challenged to defend their assertions. Discussions are intense, but polite.

General Society Library
20 West 44th St.
Between 5th & 6th avenues, near Grand Central Terminal

Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7 to Grand Central – 42nd St.,
B, D, F, V to 42nd St. – Sixth Ave., or
1, 2, 3, 9, N, Q, R, S, or W to Times Square – 42nd St.

Admission is free, and no reservation is necessary.

Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism — the philosophy of Ayn Rand — and investing.

Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer, publisher (with Laurel Kenner) of Daily Speculations.


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