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 #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 #24

1) upshot.com: Racial Bias, Even When We Have Good Intentions

Even if, in our slow thinking, we work to avoid discrimination, it can easily creep into our fast thinking. Our snap judgments rely on all the associations we have — from fictional television shows to news reports. They use stereotypes, both the accurate and the inaccurate, both those we would want to use and ones we find repulsive.

It’s a big problem. I’m sure it can be expanded to other fields as well and maybe will be only seen as a start to have a honest discussion on bias in many more ways. Although the influence might be a lot less.

2) zeit.de: Banken noch nicht aus dem Schneider

Vermutlich ist ein Ende mit Schrecken, also eine Reihe von Bankpleiten, realwirtschaftlich eine günstigere Alternative als ein Schrecken ohne Ende in Form eines langfristig unterausgelasteten Produktionspotenzials. Das wäre jedenfalls mein Verdacht.

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Quotes & Links: Holiday Edition

1) vox.com: One sentence that explains why nearly everything we think about food is wrong
Might as well read… see below.

2) bmj.com: Are some diets “mass murder”?

Reading these books and consulting some of the original studies has been a sobering experience. The successful attempt to reduce fat in the diet of Americans and others around the world has been a global, uncontrolled experiment, which like all experiments may well have led to bad outcomes.

Not surprised, but nice to see this as a featured article.
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Quotes & Links #19

1) treeof40fruit.com: TREE OF 40 FRUIT!
Looks gorgeous. Although the website doesn’t. Here’s an interview with art professor Sam Van Aken.

2) moneyillusion.com: The dog still isn’t barking

I’ve been talking about low interest rates being the “new normal” for quite some time, but I would have expected somewhat higher interest rates with this sort of strong jobs growth.

Yep, quite interesting. The world is interesting. ^_^
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