It’s complicated….


Jon Ronson on Social Media Shaming

by Limbic on October 10, 2015

From Jon Ronson’s TED talk “How our real lives can be ruined by our digital ones

Transcript from Jon Ronson on TED Radio hour’s Screen Time part 2:

“I think for other people, it’s because Twitter is basically a mutual approval machine. We surround ourselves with people who feel the same way we do, and we approve each other and that’s a really good feeling. And if somebody gets in the way, we scream them out. And do you know what that’s the opposite of? It’s the opposite of democracy.

It’s – so everybody becomes more conservative and conforms. You know, this is another irony of social media is that on social media we see ourselves as nonconformist. And yet, all of this surveillancing of other people is inevitably creating a more conservative and conformist society because whatever we – you know, we define the boundaries of normality by tearing apart the people outside….

…But the phrase misuse of privilege is becoming a free pass to tear apart pretty much anybody we choose to. And it’s making us lose our capacity for empathy and for distinguishing between serious and unserious transgressions. Maybe there’s two types of people in the world – those people who favor humans over ideology and those people who favor ideology over humans. But right now, the ideologues are winning and they’re creating a stage for constant, artificial high-dramas where everybody’s either a magnificent hero or the sickening villain, even though we know that’s not true about our fellow humans. What’s true is that we are clever and stupid. What’s true is that we’re gray areas. The great thing about social media was how it gave a voice to voiceless people. But we’re now creating a surveillance society where the smartest way to survive is to go back to being voiceless. Let’s not do that. Thank you.”

Here is his TED talk:


Vladimir Soloviev on Russia (1892)

by LimbicNutrition Shorts on September 20, 2015

“Let us imagine a person healthy in body and strong, talented and not unkind—for such is quite justly the general view of the Russian people. We know that this person or people are now in a very sorry state. If we want to help him, we have first to understand what is wrong with him. Thus we learn that he is not really mad, his mind is merely afflicted to a considerable extent by false ideas approaching folie de grandeur and a hostility toward everyone and everything. Indifferent to his real advantage, indifferent to damage likely to be caused, he imagines dangers that do not exist and builds upon this the most absurd propositions. It seems to him that all his neighbors offend him, that they insufficiently bow to his grandness, and in every way want to harm him. He accuses everyone in his family of damaging and deserting him, of crossing over to the enemy camp. He imagines that his neighbors want to undermine his house and even to launch an armed attack. Therefore he will spend enormous sums on the purchase of guns, revolvers, and iron locks. If he has any time left, he will turn against his family.“ - Vladimir Soloviev (1892)



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Fix your Operating Systems’ Privacy

by Limbic on August 16, 2015

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Rise of the Expert Generalist

by Limbic on August 16, 2015

Enjoyed this profile of Charlie Munger on Medium, especially the description of the Expert Generalist, a rival to the 10,000 hour specialist:

The Rise Of The Expert-Generalist

The rival argument to the 10,000 hour rule is the expert-generalist approach. Orit Gadiesh, chairman of Bain & Co, who coined the term, describes the expert-generalist as:

“Someone who has the ability and curiosity to master and collect expertise in many different disciplines, industries, skills, capabilities, countries, and topics., etc. He or she can then, without necessarily even realizing it, but often by design:

  1. Draw on that palette of diverse knowledge to recognize patterns and connect the dots across multiple areas.
  2. Drill deep to focus and perfect the thinking.”

The concept is commonly represented by this model of the “T-shaped individual”:






    • Stuff in Space – Wonderful real time visualization of objects in space.






by LimbicNutrition Shorts on July 10, 2015



Eliminationism is the belief that one’s political opponents are “a cancer on the body politic that must be excised — either by separation from the public at large, through censorship or by outright extermination — in order to protect the purity of the nation”



16 June 2015

Obscurantism (/ɵbˈskjʊərəntɪsm/) is the practice of deliberately preventing the facts or the full details of some matter from becoming known. There are two common historical and intellectual denotations to Obscurantism: (1) deliberately restricting knowledge—opposition to the spread of knowledge, a policy of withholding knowledge from the public; and, (2) deliberate obscurity—an abstruse style (as in […]

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