- A temporary marriage makes more sense than marriage for life by Vicki Larson — Aeon Opinions – Is it time to rethink the marriage contract? How about biannual commitments, or less binding marriages with easy escape clauses if there are no children involved?
- On the Need to Think Clearly by Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal November 15, 2015 – Vapid politicians on the Paris attacks.
- The Kramer Is Now: Sexual Liberty And Its Discontents – Are sexual justice and sexual freedom at odds? Why do we have sexual capitalism with 1% having sexual abundance and 99% feeling starved? Should the attractive be forced to sleep with the unattractive to further sexual justice?
- Where Did Colleges Go Wrong? – Superb discussion on the infantalizing of contemporary university students, the effects of their lack of resilience and fragility.
- Our World in Data — Visualising the Empirical Evidence on how the World is Changing – Our World In Data covers a wide range of topics and visualizes the empirical evidence of how living standards changed over the last decades, centuries, and millennia.
- Data-driven investigations – Detective.io – A tool for collaborative network analysis.
- cjbarber/ToolsOfTheTrade · GitHub – Tools of The Trade, from Hacker News.
- ojas/101 · GitHub – Resources on building a software business
- jnv/lists · GitHub – The definitive list of lists (of lists) curated on GitHub
- Spelt – Very fast food lookup with calories and nutritional information
- Yugodom | Your Retro Oasis In Old Town Belgrade –
- Area Calculator – Outline a property on a google map and find its area –
- Ghost – Just a blogging platform –
- Björk talking about her TV – YouTube – Adorable Bjork from 1988 talking about her TV. I love that Icelandic accent. I also learned never to trust Icelandic poets.
- Stuff in Space – Wonderful real time visualization of objects in space.
- How I was de-radicalised – BBC News – Intersting and effective approach to deradicalization in Denmark.
- nvbn/thefuck · GitHub – Command line nerds, check this out!
- U.S. Immigration Reform May Bar South African Farmworkers – Businessweek – South Africans cropping up (geddit?) everywhere. Afrikaner “migrant workers” are hotly sought after in the US wheat belt.
- Crabs on Vimeo – Crabs lining up to take new shells
- Sex in men’s prisons: ‘The US system cultivates rape. If you treat people like animals, they behave like it’ – Americas – World – The Independent – Another grim article about the horrific reality of rape in US jails and prisons.
- Interoperability – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – Interoperability is the ability of making systems and organizations to work together (inter-operate).
- Denialism – RationalWiki – Denialism is the refusal to accept well-established theory, law, fact or evidence.In scientific contexts, the denialist can deny a cause (carbon dioxide does not cause global warming), an effect (the earth is not warming), the association between the two (the earth is warming, but not because of carbon dioxide), the direction of the cause-and-effect relationship (carbon dioxide concentrations are increasing because the earth is warming) or the identification of the cause-and-effect relationship (other factors than greenhouse gases are causing the earth to warm). Often denialists practice minimization (the earth is warming, but it’s not harmful) and use misplaced skepticism to give an unwarranted veneer of scientific thinking.
Major scientific targets of denialism include evolution, global warming, the link between HIV and AIDS, the link between smoking and lung cancer, and the lack of a link between vaccination and autism. Often self-interest is the motivation behind denialism, hence arguments are often politicised or financially motivated. For example, tobacco companies denied the smoking-lung cancer link as it would have hurt their profits, and Andrew Wakefield had a strong conflict of interest in ensuring people didn’t take established and effective vaccines. Similarly, global warming denialists tend to oppose the solutions that are needed to address the problem (see the logical fallacy of argument from adverse consequences), and are supported by energy conglomerates and others who could lose financially from reductions in fossil fuel use.
Denial of fact is one of the foundations of woo. Denialism can also fill a deep psychological need, as in the question of why one’s child has autism – since in reality there is no known easy answer.
- NSA SEXINT is the Abuse You’ve All Been Waiting For | Just Security – "In the latest news report based on documents revealed by Edward Snowden, we’ve learned that the NSA creates profiles of porn viewing, online sexual activity and more from its vast database of Internet content and transactional data as part of a plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through speeches promoting disfavored—but not necessarily violent—political views."
- The mindfulness business – Western capitalism is looking for inspiration in eastern mysticism
- The NSA’s Porn-Surveillance Program: Not Safe for Democracy – NSA is collecting blackmail materials based on people's porn habits.
- The Real “Limitless” Drug Isn’t Just for Lifehackers Anymore – Modafinil and other mind enhancing drugs are hitting the mainstream.
- BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Tingo, nakkele and other wonders – "Kummerspeck is a German word which literally means grief bacon: it is the word that describes the excess weight gained from emotion-related overeating.
A Putzfimmel is a mania for cleaning and Drachenfutter – literally translated as dragon fodder – are the peace offerings made by guilty husbands to their wives.
Or there's die beleidigte Leberwurst spielen – to stick one's lower lip out in a sulk (literally, to play the insulted liver sausage). Perhaps it's a Backpfeifengesicht – a face that cries out for a fist in it."
- ‘There should be no restrictions on dangerous ideas’ | Liberties | spiked – An interview with Nadine Strossen
- Book of Lamentations – The New Inquiry – "A new dystopian novel in the classic mode takes the form of a dictionary of madness". The book is DSM-V 🙂
- (Un)Visual Specifications – An excellent review of the state of specifications on modern software development.
- Ariel Levy: Was Justice Served in Steubenville? – Anonymous posted that it wouldn’t let “young men who turn to rape as a game or sport get the pass,” adding, “This is a call to arms.”
- Capitalism is Dead. Long Live Transhumanism. –
- Withnail And I Script – transcript from the screenplay and/or Richard E. Grant movie –
- BBC News – World’s Fair: Isaac Asimov’s predictions 50 years on –
- Empathic people are natural targets for sociopaths – protect yourself — Science of the Spirit — Sott.net – The empathy trap: therapists and counselors almost by definition are empathic, to facilitate clients' recovery – but this quality can mean those carers are targets for sociopaths, aided by what Dr Jane & Tim McGregor call "apaths". The first UK article on this cruel sport shows how to identify and thus avoid it.
People targeted by a sociopath often respond with self-deprecating comments like "I was stupid", "what was I thinking" of "I should've listened to my gut instinct". But being involved with a sociopath is like being brainwashed. The sociopath's superficial charm is usually the means by which s/he conditions people.
On initial contact, a sociopath will often test other people's empathy, so questions geared towards discovering if you are highly empathic or not should ring alarm bells. People with a highly empathic disposition are often targeted. Those with lower levels of empathy are often passed over, though they can be drawn in and used by sociopaths as part of their cruel entertainment.
- The War on Reason – Paul Bloom – The Atlantic – Scientists and philosophers argue that human beings are little more than puppets of their biochemistry. Here's why they're wrong.
- The Hollow Tower of South Africa | Vocativ – The new life of Ponte tower in Hillbrow.
- Butterfly – your everyday terminal in your web browser –
- OCW Bookshelf | Open Matters – MIT OpenCourseWare shares the course materials from classes taught on the MIT campus. In most cases, this takes the form of course documents such as syllabi, lecture notes, assignments and exams.
Occasionally, however, we come across textbooks we can share openly. This page provides an index of textbooks (and textbook-like course notes) that can be found throughout the OCW site.