1. The Moral Economy

    July 01, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    It's a long holiday this weekend in the U.S. Here are a couple of excellent articles about the "Moral Economy" to keep you busy during your travels and parties. What's the moral economy? Well, read them. They aren't just smart, they are well written and often ...

  2. Single Bronze Age 'King' Responsible For Half Of Western European Men [Link]

    April 28, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From RT.com:

    Coming out of the Stone Age, the chieftain and his descendants controlled the population and reproduction through a new hierarchical system of powerful elites which, much like his bloodline, continues to this day.

    The gifs in the article are particularly rediculous but it's an interesting finding ...

  3. Louis CK's Horace and Pete

    April 25, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I like Louis CK unironically. I like him for the same reasons I like George Carlin, because he makes me think, then laugh, then think some more. I think both comedians are intellectual giants. Now Louis CK has created the anti-sitcom. It's a tragic comedy minus the comedy. Horace ...

  4. Competence and Imposters

    February 04, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    These were conincidentally back to back in my pinboard reading list.

    Imposter Syndrome or Not by John Scalzi

    Also also, with respect to novels and fiction, I had been a professional writer for fifteen years before my first novel was published, so I had a decade and a half (not ...

  5. On Kindness [Link]

    January 27, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    By Cord Jefferson:

    "Sometimes people are mean, and sometimes things will be hard. One of your jobs is to try and make sure that that never makes you mean and hard, too."

    Then later:

    If you’re ever interested in feeling as if you’re on the verge of losing ...

  6. Uncanny Valley Video [Link]

    December 10, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    This is a terrific Vimeo short film. It's high quality and tells an entire story in undfer 9 minutes.

  7. Why Education Does Not Fix Poverty [Link]

    December 03, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    An interesting study, the data of which, I have not verified.

    If the poverty rates for each educational bin remained the same, then the upward redistribution of adults from the lower bins to the higher bins would have led to lower overall poverty. But that's not what happened.

    Later ...

  8. True Terror

    November 11, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.

    — Kurt Vonnegut1

    Happy birthday to one of the best people our species has ever managed to squirt out. Go read Slaughterhouse Five or Cat's Cradle or Bluebeard or just ...

  9. Why Technology Isn't Making Us Dumb [Link]

    October 16, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    The You Are Not So Smart podcast is one of the best things I listen to each week. It literally makes me a better person. I don't think my enjoyment of episode 58 is purely based on confirmation bias but it was really a terrific episode. There's in-depth ...

  10. Hitler's World May Not Be So Far Away [Link]

    September 17, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    A fascinating article from Timothy Snyder:

    Hitler’s alternative to science and politics was known as Lebensraum, which meant “habitat” or “ecological niche”. Races needed ever more Lebensraum, “room to live”, in order to feed themselves and propagate their kind. Nature demanded that the higher races overmaster and starve the ...