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The Soros Lectures: At the Central European University

The Soros Lectures At the Central European University Five lectures George Soros recently delivered at the Central European University in Budapest which he founded in distill a lifetime of thinking on finance capitalism and open society In a series

  • Title: The Soros Lectures: At the Central European University
  • Author: George Soros
  • ISBN: 9781586488857
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Five lectures George Soros recently delivered at the Central European University in Budapest which he founded in 1991 distill a lifetime of thinking on finance, capitalism and open society In a series of lectures delivered at the Central European University in October 2009, George Soros provided a broad overview of his thoughts on economics and politics The lectures aFive lectures George Soros recently delivered at the Central European University in Budapest which he founded in 1991 distill a lifetime of thinking on finance, capitalism and open society In a series of lectures delivered at the Central European University in October 2009, George Soros provided a broad overview of his thoughts on economics and politics The lectures are the culmination of a lifetime of practical and philosophical reflection In the first and second lecture, Soros discusses his general theory of reflexivity and its application to financial markets, providing insight into the recent financial crisis The third and fourth lectures examine the concept of open society, which has guided Soros global philanthropy, as well as the potential for conflict between capitalism and open society The closing lecture focuses on the way ahead, closely examining the increasingly important economic and political role that China will play in the future The Budapest Lectures presents these five seminal talks into one volume, which offers a condensed and highly readable summary of Soros world view.

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    1. George Soros

      George Soros is a Hungarian American financier, businessman and notable philanthropist focused on supporting liberal ideals and causes He became known as the Man Who Broke the Bank of England after he made a reported 1 billion during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crises Soros correctly speculated that the British government would have to devalue the pound sterling.Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management, LLC.As one of history s most successful financiers, his views on investing and economic issues are widely followed.

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    1. Let me explain my understanding of The reflexivity concept by the fable that I learned when I was young. This is not Soro's story:There's a family have a leopard as a pet in a village in Africa. The leopard is nice and plays with kids. The family has an enemy in another village, so the father decided to send the leopard to kill his enemy. The leopard carried the mission and when it back home, he killed the family too. Soros suggested that people has "fallibility" because we never able to observe [...]


    2. As this book contains five lectures, which deal with different topics and are very different from each other, it is hard to give this book, so all the lectures, one rating. One main topic is the background of the 2008 financial crisis, the other is the open society. Both are centered around some economic theories he has which are rooted in philosophy. He kind of brings the two topics together in the last chapter, but still, the lectures have a very different focus. The chapter on the open societ [...]


    3. Six stars, if that were possible.In 120 pages, this book managed to state most of my own theories about finance and political economy not held by the general public---markets are nowhere near efficient, financial bubbles are followed by irrational over-corrections, most people vote immorally to improve their own interests instead of for fairness or common good, the "invisible hand" exists but is not alone---and then takes all of the ideas several steps further, explaining how they work, what can [...]


    4. หนังสือของโซรอสทุกเล่มมีคาแรกเตอร์เดียวกันหมด คือ กรูเขียนเพราะกรูอยากเขียน เมิงจะอ่านเข้าใจหรือไม่ก็เรื่องของเมิงเนื้อหาดีหรือไม่ สรุปไม่ได้ เพราะเข้าใจยากจนไม่แน่ใจว่าส [...]


    5. George, a man who became self obscene rich, claim and gives speech all over the globe. And this book is about the speech he gave at Central EU UniversityQuick summary: i) He believes human are flawed, decisions are unwise, especially financial decisions and stock market decisions are flawedHe used a Flexivity term to describe as solution to make a better world due to human flaw, but environment has to be ii) Capitalism basedt iii) Open Society is the basis to create Capitalism-enriched. First ch [...]


    6. You can find the audio for free online. The one on reflexivity is genuinely good. The rest so and so.


    7. In a nutshell, Soros grants a succinct treatment on his personal perception towards the dynamics and operating basis of the financial markets and it's individual participants - in what is known as his theory of reflexivity.He goes on to highlight his personal views (which in and of itself holds a certain volume of truth) on how the current operating philosophy, the preponderant consensus on modern market belief brought on by prolific lobbying and widespread propaganda, is inherently flawed and w [...]


    8. Soros covers a variety of disciplines, from philosophy to economics to politics. Soros is no doubt a smart guy who's really thought through financial markets, as well as his own theories. There was one point in the book where he went all "Spiderman" and mentioned how with great power and money comes great responsibility or something like that. While I agree that he's done some great things for great causes with his wealth and power, he was all about insider trading and short selling to GET his w [...]


    9. The Soros Lectures blend the financial crises with philosophy. The concepts are simple and appeals your intellect. However, the reader requires to connect the dots with precisionotherwise there is fear of getting lost in the abstract parts of the lectures. A good read- provides logical insight into financial markets and open society. Clarifies how markets, open societies and politics get manipulated. The lectures concludes with some suggestions which needs further sharpening. If you want to wear [...]


    10. George soros has a Non unique view of economy. He simply wants to get richer. No secret about it .warren buffet wants to get richer too but he stresses in a fair playing field Soros thinks that we need to take advantage of Any playing field If we see a hole we take advantage. Warren tries to close the holes. I read both and both have served me well. I'm a little fish in a little pond but a fat fish


    11. Very interesting to read more in-depth about Soros's theory on Reflexivity and how it contrasts with the prevailing Rational Expectation Theory. His views on how and why the current financial regulatory framework is flawed is also food for thought. Recommended read for those interested in the financial markets and of course those interested in the musings of one of our financial titans.


    12. I was surprised by this book. I agree with a LOT of how Soros thinks about markets, and I agree with a lot of his diagnoses about problems with markets and government. I can't bring myself to share his optimism about the solution though, it seems overly simplistic a lot of the time. Still though, given that I opened it expecting to be unable to finish it, I liked this book quite a bit.


    13. I lived this lecture series. Soros is ipen and insightfull. He exposes his train of though on his view of modern economy and society, and his take on the effects of the economic crisis. I am not sure how much I share on some of his ideas, but he is certainly challenging many of the accepted (and flawed ) paradigms commonly accepted.


    14. Interesting look into the mind of Soros. His economic theory is interesting but his social commentary is the real reason to read this book. Reading between the lines I see a man who would like to break down world governments by any means possible so he can build them up into his vision of utopia. He's a sick puppy.


    15. It was okay. The first chapter dealt with some mistakes people make when investing - mainly following the crowd. The rest was more about Soros' philosophical view of having Open Society (Sounds like a mix of democracy and socialism)


    16. Interesting ideas although I do not agree fully with everything he says. The ideas of reflexive reactions and the erroneous character of human behavior suits my life philosophy and I find them useful.


    17. Although I disagree with George Soros on a number of things, he summarized his philosophy well in this book. If you want a quick overview of Soros's beliefs in his own words, this is a wonderful book.


    18. Interesting book,quite insightfull many time and forword looking tought narrow minded on some sentences.A good point of view to start to reflect on the econoic crisis anyway.




    19. It was short interesting read about complex issues. It wasn't as concrete as expected from a businessman/hedge fund manager but interesting driving philosophies.



    20. The lectures were mostly the reflection on the world financial crisis 2008, which was different from today economics crises, particularly the Euro crisis and Ukraine crisis.


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