Quotes & Links #75

1) iheartintelligence.com: 23 New Words for Emotions That We All Feel, but Can’t Explain
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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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What I Read: “SCIENCE!”-Articles mk. V

Labor Market Policies and IMF Advice in Advanced Economies During the Great Recession by O. Blanchard, F. Jaumotte, and P. Loungani (2013)

Summary: Blanchard et al. summarize the vast literature on labor market policies and use their knowledge to categorize the recent IMF recommendations into two broad categories: (1) micro flexibility and (2) macro flexibility. Micro flexibility presents the supply-side of the coin (reduce inefficiencies and frictions of the labor market), while macro flexibility the demand-side, or to be more precise “the ability of the economy to adjust to macroeconomic shocks” (5).
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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 #50

1) vox.com: The truth about medicine – we usually overestimate the benefits and underestimate the harms

Looking at 36 studies on a range of medical interventions […] a pair of Australian researchers discovered that, overwhelmingly, patients overestimated the benefits and underestimated the harms.

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