Quotes & Links #80

1) breakingsmart.com: A New Soft Technology

Software eating the world is a story of the seen and the unseen: small, measurable effects that seem underwhelming or even negative, and large invisible and positive effects that are easy to miss, unless you know where to look.

This has happened before of course: money and written language both transformed the world in similarly profound ways. Software, however, is more flexible and powerful than either.

Am looking forward to more.
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Quotes & Links #69

1) aeon.co: Against Generations

But in real life, I find generational arguments infuriating. Overly schematised and ridiculously reductive, generation theory is a simplistic way of thinking about the relationship between individuals, society, and history. It encourages us to focus on vague ‘generational personalities’, rather than looking at the confusing diversity of social life.

I think there are differences between people who grow in different times, however, they are not clear cut and the intragenerational differences are very pronounced, too. Still, as long as you don’t overgeneralize and overemphasize generational differences there’s no problem.

2) vox.com: No more dieting, and 7 other things we do differently after reporting on health care

Medical errors kill more people than car crashes or new disease outbreaks. They kill more people annually than breast cancer, AIDS, plane crashes, or drug overdoses.

This, I did not know.
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Quotes & Links #57

1) medium.com/matter: Apocalyptic Schadenfreude

The Central Valley takes up only 1% of the landmass of the United States, but it produces 25% of the food we eat, and almost half of the fruits or nuts we consume. California is running through its water supply because, for complicated historical and climatological reasons, it has taken on the burden of feeding the rest of the country.

Interesting aspect often overlooked by many – as shown in this article.
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Quotes & Links #56

1) medium.com/conversations-with-tyler: Peter Thiel on the Future of Innovation
Great interview. Must-read imo.

2) npr.org: How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking

They moved on to an aesthetic theory of taste. Rather than infusing food with spice, they said things should taste like themselves. Meat should taste like meat, and anything you add only serves to intensify the existing flavors.

Hah, pretty interesting.
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Quotes & Links #55

1) voxeu.org: The myth of Europe’s Little Ice Age

It appears instead that the European Little Ice Age is a statistical artefact, where the standard climatological practice of smoothing what turn out to be white noise data prior to analysis gives the spurious appearance of irregular oscillation – a Slutsky Effect.

This is interesting because many historians base some events and junctures on the effect of the little ice age in Europe (as they mention in the article).
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