Liked Links – May 18

Map of Bay Area Memespace: The Bay Area is unusually dense with idea-driven subcultures that mix and cross-pollinate in fascinating ways, many of which are already enriching rationalist culture. This map is my attempt at illustrating that landscape of subcultures, and at situating the rationalist community within it. – by Julia Galef –

Agathonic things: Though mediocrity is ubiquitous, among all the dross there are objects which improve with use—so-called agathonic things. Michael Helms and Larry Leifer proposed the idea of agathonic design in 2009. –

Edward Said’s : Edward Said, a Palestinan writer, academic and exile, talks about his book “Culture and Imperialism” and explains how the attitudes forged over the last 200 years continue to enforce the relationship between the west and the developing world.

This programme originally aired in February 1993.

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ADHD Needs a Better Name. We Have One.: ADHD is not purely a disorder; it is a mix of assets and liabilities. A more representative name for the condition is VAST, or variable attention stimulus trait. – by Edward Hallowell –

Weber–Fechner law: The Weber–Fechner law refers to two related hypotheses in the field of psychophysics, known as Weber’s law and Fechner’s law. Both laws relate to human perception, more specifically the relation between the actual change in a physical stimulus and the perceived change. – by From Wikipedia, the free –

The early days of home computing – in pictures: A new book documents the rapid evolution in home computer design – by Kadish Morris –


Liked Links – May 1

Process Philosophy: Process philosophy is based on the premise that being is dynamic and that the dynamic nature of being should be the primary focus of any comprehensive philosophical account of reality and our place within it. – by permeating –

Seattle’s Leaders Let Scientists Take the Lead. New York’s Did Not: The first diagnosis of the coronavirus in the United States occurred in mid-January, in a Seattle suburb not far from the hospital where Dr. Francis Riedo, an infectious-disease specialist, works. – by Charles Duhigg –

Hail the maintainers: Innovation is a dominant ideology of our era, embraced in America by Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and the Washington DC political elite. – by Lee Vinsel, Andrew Russell –

After dread: Where everyone seems to agree is that things can’t go back the way they were. As Fred Scharmen says, this isn’t the end of the world, but it’s certainly the end of a world. – by Cennydd Bowles –

Plot Economics: For the fourth time in my adult memory, humanity has collectively, visibly lost the plot at a global level. My criteria are fairly restrictive: The dotcom bust and the 2007 crash don’t make my list for instance, and neither do previous recent epidemics like SARS or Ebola. – by Venkatesh Rao –

Feral Cities, Pandemics, and the Military: In this episode of MWI’s Urban Warfare Project podcast, John Spencer is joined by Dr. Richard Norton. He is a professor of national security affairs at the US Naval War College and a retired US Navy commander. – by John Spencer –

Exclusive: Mary Meeker’s coronavirus trends report: Bond Capital, a Silicon Valley VC firm whose portfolio companies include Slack and Uber, told its investors this morning via email that the coronavirus’ high-speed spread and impact has similarities to the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906. – by Michael Kovac –

We Were Wrong: So Sorry that We Ruined Your Life: Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, is moving up in the betting odds for getting the Democratic presidential nomination, even though he is not running. The reason is that binge-watching newshounds have noticed something about his comportment during this crisis. – by Jeffrey Tucker –

China starts testing digital currency as Facebook’s Libra faces setback: Trial programs for China’s sovereign digital currency began last week as Libra, a cryptocurrency backed by Facebook, scaled back its ambitions to become a global currency. –

If you landed in a foreign country with no documentation, could you prove who you are?: How would you do it? There are three traditional pillars of identity. The first is documents. The second is biometric — your appearance, your fingerprints, etc. This can only be used if a record of your biometrics is on file somewhere, which (thankfully) is uncommon. – by McKinley Valentine –


Liked Links – April 30

The Signal Code: A Rights Based Approach to Information During Crisis: 1. The Right to Information 2. The Right to Protection from Harm 3. The Right to Data Security and Privacy 4. The Right to Data Agency 5. The Right to Redress and Rectification – by Authors –

Don’t just talk – show your work!: To take one specific example – coding – Github-type tools are uber-collaborative, but the typical user is perhaps wearing headphones and very much in a do-not-disturb work mode. –

To Run My Best Marathon at Age 44, I Had to Outrun My Past: Running is the simplest of sports: right foot, left foot, right foot. But the simplicity opens up complexity. There’s no ball to focus on, no mat to land on, no one charging toward you with their shoulder down. And so your attention shifts inward. – by Nicholas Thompson –

#15: Maintenance by design: I’m an author, organizational sociologist, strategy professor, unsuccessful furniture maker, and Xoogler—this is yet another of my attempts to make sense of the state of not-knowing. The ideas below are only partially baked. – by Vaughn Tan –

Two Kinds Of Caution: Financial Times: What We Get Wrong About Technology. It cites boring advances like barbed wire and shipping containers to argue that some of the most transformative inventions are not the product of complicated high technology but just some clever hacks that manage to revolutionize everyday living. – by Scott Alexander –

Strategic Warning: If Surprise is Inevitable, What Role for Analysis?: 1. Clarify the Warning Mission Any critical examination of the mission of warning analysis should give primacy of place to avoidance or limitation of damage—and not to the unrealistic standard of avoidance of surprise. –

The Cofounders: Meta-systematicity manifests as the forefront of all domains of meaning, including in personal psychology, rational understanding, social organization, and culture. – by Meaningness –

We’re not going back to normal: It’s now widely agreed (even by Britain, finally) that every country needs to “flatten the curve”: impose social distancing to slow the spread of the virus so that the number of people sick at once doesn’t cause the health-care system to collapse, as it is threatening to do in Italy right no – by GIDEON LICHFIELD –