Author Archives: George Putnam

Illusion of Explanatory Depth

Zac Mayo introduced me to the concept of the “illusion of explanatory depth” (IOED): Most people feel they understand the world with far greater detail, coherence, and depth than they really do. For example, how well do you feel you … Continue reading

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2008 Financial Crisis: What can we learn?

Financial markets crashed ten years ago. See my previous post for what happened and comments about the graph to the left. This post is about lessons that we can learn from that crisis. What caused the 2008 financial crisis? People … Continue reading

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2008 Financial Crisis: What happened?

Financial markets crashed ten years ago. What happened? If we are to learn from the past, we must first remember the past. In September 2008 I was the CEO of a financial institution – Yankee Farm Credit, part of the … Continue reading

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Free Speech Pioneers

Matthew Lyon was the first person to be fined and imprisoned under the Sedition Act of 1798, one of four federal laws passed that year known as the Alien and Sedition Acts. His crime: public criticism of President John Adams … Continue reading

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Bennington Battle Day

Today is a state holiday in Vermont – Bennington Battle Day, commemorating the Battle of Bennington in the American Revolution on August 16, 1777. The year 1777 was a pivotal year in our history. For Vermonters, that was the year … Continue reading

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Zac Mayo for House

Today I submitted the following letter to the editor of the News & Citizen: Cambridge and Waterville are fortunate to have two fine young people running for the open position in the Vermont House created by Bernie Juskiewicz’s decision not … Continue reading

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Open Meeting Law

This post is part of a series of posts on “Learning about town government” in my town of Cambridge, Vermont. Please see the link for context, a disclaimer, and a list of posts in this series. This post is about … Continue reading

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