Neuroscience and reason are telling us that we’re not the freely choosing, self-directed people we suppose. That revelation isn’t exactly headline news in a country steeped in religious faith, superstition, and pseudoscience. But even among skeptical Americans—self-professed critical thinkers and advocates for secular values and scientific literacy—assumptions about the self and free will seem as entrenched as ever. …
Bruce Cockburn's self-titled debut's blend of diversity, enthusiasm, and innocence never quite resurfaced again in his work, especially in his more clinical, politically inclined tracts of later decades. The opening number, "Going to the Country," still evokes that hippie-esque, back-to-the-earth movement as well as any song ever recorded, complete with a sly wink that keeps it fresh to this day. And since this was 1970, the album also comes equipped with some of those quaint excesses of the period; try the nasal tone poem gracing "The Bicycle Trip." "Musical Friends" remains a lively, happy-go-lucky classic with piano signature lifted from Paul McCartney's playbook; it's difficult to picture the dour Cockburn of more recent years ever having this much fun. In contrast, "Thoughts on a Rainy Afternoon" offers a trance-like, introspective atmosphere reminiscent of British folkie legend Nick Drake.
In this video, Michael Covel, author of the best selling book, Trend Following, interviews Kevin Bruce a self-taught trader who, while nearly anonymous to the trading world, earned a fortune trading as a trend following trader. Bruce made his money working as a trader in the futures markets for two banks before starting his own company, Strategic Capital Corp. He trades commodities ranging from corn to crude oil, treasury bonds and foreign currencies. He follows a strategy he first developed while a graduate student at the University of Georgia. He found his discipline in sports and playing competitive board games, but handles his risk with an eye to moderation.
Bruce Cockburn is Canada's version of Richard Thompson, a brilliant folk-rock guitarist who also writes smart, acerbic lyrics about the twisted ways of modern society and modern romance. Never as vicious or as funny as Thompson, Cockburn is a more restrained, less obvious talent, but rewarding just the same. Dart to the Heart, free of political abstractions and filled with personal musings on love, is his best since 1985's World of Wonders. The first single, "Listen for the Laugh," is a boisterous hornªpowered rocker that insists good-naturedly that the surest sign of love is not sighing but laughter–and very specific sort of laughter, like "a chain saw in a velvet glove." That's a good description for Cockburn's guitar work, too, for he keeps it buried behind his deep, sleepy vocals, but if you listen closely you can hear just how his picking chews up chords and sends notes flying in all directions.