Thomas Scovell

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Thomas Scovell

28 days ago

If the ethos of social media leads the left to prize populist sentiment over progressive substance, then its energies will be ripe for misdirection by reactionary forces.

The GameStop Rally Exposed the Perils of ‘Meme Populism’

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Thomas Scovell

38 days ago

You have been sent here because your child, partner, or friend suggested that you invest your life savings into GameStop stock and you are curious what the fuck is going on

Send This to Anyone Who Wants to Know WTF Is Up With GameStop Stock

vice.com

Thomas Scovell

39 days ago

The Lab-Leak Hypothesis

The Lab-Leak Hypothesis

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Thomas Scovell

39 days ago

Sale believed society was on the verge of collapse. That wasn’t entirely bad, he argued. He hoped the few surviving humans would band together in small, tribal-style clusters. They wouldn’t be just off the grid. There would be no grid. Which was dandy

A 25-Year-Old Bet Comes Due: Has Tech Destroyed Society?

wired.com

Thomas Scovell

39 days ago

What’s happening in Morocco is emblematic of what’s happening around the world. While it’s clear that democracies are major beneficiaries of lawful hacking, a long and growing list of credible, detailed, technical, and public investigations shows Pegasus being misused by authoritarian regimes with long records of human rights abuse. 

Inside NSO, Israel’s billion-dollar spyware giant

technologyreview.com

Thomas Scovell

64 days ago

What she does think is unique to generation Z is their flexibility when it comes to personal narratives. “They’ve grown up in the era of absolute polarity and binary views, fake news and weird conspiracy theory-thinking being entirely mainstream, she says. “Quite simply: if you don’t like some of the stories or PR surrounding your favourite artists, you can discount them as fake news, set-ups, or the individual being the subject of right- or left-wing propaganda.

Loving XXXTentacion – how the younger generation are rejecting woke Millennials’ ‘cancel’ culture

nme.com

Thomas Scovell

65 days ago

Sometimes people don’t have a clear idea of what philosophy means. They have some romantic idea that philosophy is about the meaning of life, something like that. Instead, philosophy is a set of tools. The same way in which physics is a set of tools to think about the world using the language of mathematics, philosophy is also a sharp set of tools to distinguish clearly what the premises are of our way of thinking. It’s like a cleaning method for thinking.

Francesca Vidotto: The Quantum Properties of Space-Time

daily.jstor.org

Thomas Scovell

69 days ago

Speech is not merely a conduit for the transmission of ideas, a replaceable medium for direct communication, but a generative activity that enhances thinking.

Talking out loud to yourself is a technology for thinking

psyche.co

Thomas Scovell

102 days ago

TikTok is the platform I started on,” she said, “but I’m ready for the next one.”

98 Million TikTok Followers Can’t Be Wrong

theatlantic.com

Thomas Scovell

105 days ago

Substack, eager to attract customers over Mailchimp or WordPress, has begun to look like it’s reverse engineering a media company. But all the while, its founders insist that they simply provide a platform. By not acknowledging the ways in which they are actively encouraging (and discouraging) certain people to use Substack, and the ways they benefit monetarily from doing so, they obscure their role as publishers.

The Substackerati

cjr.org

Thomas Scovell

141 days ago

On average, two individuals in Africa are more genetically dissimilar from each other than either one of them is from an individual in Europe or Asia.

Race Is Real, But It’s Not Genetic

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Thomas Scovell

146 days ago

a paper came out from the Mayo Clinic that looked at Apple's AFib feature that was FDA-cleared a few years ago and the amount of excessive health care testing and costs that it resulted in. You have a disease where prevalence is 1% or 2% at best in the general population. Even a product that has 99% accuracy is going to have thousands and thousands of false positives. So any time we think about a feature, we want to be very mindful about the value to customers balanced with the anxiety generation of having false positives.

Amazon Halo’s principal medical officer talks privacy, shortcomings with competitors, and why it’s now or never for the device

protocol.com

Thomas Scovell

146 days ago

For actors, it opens up exciting creative and professional possibilities. But it also raises a host of ethical questions

Inside the strange new world of being a deepfake actor

technologyreview.com

Thomas Scovell

151 days ago

Carl Sagan put it that way. He suggested that humanity has become powerful more quickly than it's become wise. We've had this exponential improvement in our power, but our wisdom has grown only falteringly, if at all

We Have the Power to Destroy Ourselves Without the Wisdom to Ensure That We Don't

edge.org

Thomas Scovell

153 days ago

It should not be so surprising that philosophers, even if they should disdain trashy opulence, might at least be interested in money as a concept and a problem. It is, after all, interesting like everything is interesting, and perhaps even more so in the way it straddles the boundary between existence and non-existence, like all of the best of philosophy’s objects.

On the Market

cabinetmagazine.org

Thomas Scovell

153 days ago

A term still used today to refer to gay relationships — duan xiu, or “cut sleeve” — comes from a story in “The Book of Han,” an official history of the Han dynasty that was completed in the second century, in which the emperor wakes from a nap to find his male lover still asleep on his robe, and tenderly cuts off his sleeve to avoid waking him.

How a Dating App Helped a Generation of Chinese Come Out of the Closet

nytimes.com

Thomas Scovell

153 days ago

However long we post- pone it, we eventually lie down alone in that notoriously un- comfortable bed, the one we make ourselves. Whether or not we sleep in it depends, of course, on whether or not we respect ourselves.

On Self-Respect: Joan Didion’s 1961 Essay from the Pages of Vogue

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Thomas Scovell

161 days ago

turning a profit fosters a lowest-common-4/4-127BPM-denominator and limits what risks artists and organisers will take.

The Spectacle-Rave on Disclaimer

disclaimer.org.au

Thomas Scovell

162 days ago

Newton was not the first of the age of reason. He was the last of the magicians

The realism of magic

newstatesman.com

Thomas Scovell

162 days ago

However far they advance, there’s one task that robots won’t help us solve: Deciding how, when, and where to use them.

The robot revolution has arrived

nationalgeographic.com

Thomas Scovell

162 days ago

“The environmental cost of music is now greater than at any time during recorded music’s previous eras

The Hidden Costs of Streaming Music

newyorker.com

Thomas Scovell

163 days ago

A few people have called me from time to time and said, ‘Hey, you have to get in on our New Zealand thing,’ ” Lanier confided. “I'm like, ‘No.…’ I just feel like, if we can fuck it up here, why can't we fuck up New Zealand? What's better about New Zealand than here? It's even riskier for earthquakes, so the only thing about it that's inviting is we haven't fucked it up yet

The Conscience of Silicon Valley

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Thomas Scovell

163 days ago

he feels nostalgia, he said, for a past in which we could define ourselves before technology went ahead and attempted crude approximations for us.

The Conscience of Silicon Valley

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Thomas Scovell

167 days ago

That because of this, social media was in some ways “worse than cigarettes,” as Lanier put it at one point, “in that cigarettes don't degrade you. They kill you, but you're still you.”

The Conscience of Silicon Valley

gq.com

Thomas Scovell

167 days ago

Does taste even matter? You’d like to think you listen to what you enjoy, not what the industry predicts you’ll like based on data. But is your taste your own? Or will the feedback loop – where what you’ve enjoyed in the past shapes what you hear today – change what you’ll like in the future?

How data is transforming the music industry

theconversation.com

Thomas Scovell

167 days ago

To look at QAnon is to see not just a conspiracy theory but the birth of a new religion.

The Prophecies of Q

theatlantic.com

Thomas Scovell

167 days ago

As a result, octopuses have ended up with their unusual combination: a large brain and a short life.

Octopuses and the Puzzle of Aging

nytimes.com

Thomas Scovell

173 days ago

Hardly anyone can talk abstractly about freedom and connection and collaboration, the blithe watchwords of the mid-2000s, without making a mental list of the internet's more concrete negative externalities.

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

wired.com

Thomas Scovell

173 days ago

Of the Penurious Man (or “The Pennypincher”) we are told, “At a dinner where expenses are shared, he counts the number of cups each person drinks,”

The Flatterer and the Chatterer

theparisreview.org

Thomas Scovell

174 days ago

“If it were not firmly established, Theophrastus’ title might better be rendered ‘traits,’ ” since it is part of his conception that “individual good or bad traits of character may be isolated and studied separately”

The Flatterer and the Chatterer

theparisreview.org

Thomas Scovell

174 days ago

The Trump presidency has created a void of meaning that, for many, can best be filled by a departure from reality. Such escapes, it’s clear, more often than not lead us to the hellish bedlam of far-right fever-dreams.

Psychic Healing at the End of History

thebaffler.com

Thomas Scovell

174 days ago

“Information is like water. Water quality can be improved, but without any flow, water easily grows fetid,” he said.

Forget TikTok. China’s Powerhouse App Is WeChat, and Its Power Is Sweeping.

nytimes.com

Thomas Scovell

174 days ago

It’s fine for any one company to shrug and say that law enforcement and defense are so morally murky that it’s not worthwhile to work with them. But the world needs people and institutions with agency, who weigh the tradeoffs and actually make a decision

Palantir: On Business, Cults, and Politics

diff.substack.com

Thomas Scovell

174 days ago

Can D&D change the real world? Ray thinks so. “They say you don’t truly know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes,” she said. “I think Dungeons & Dragons is the perfect augmented reality to exercise that.”

In a Chaotic World, Dungeons & Dragons Is Resurgent

nytimes.com

Thomas Scovell

174 days ago

More often than not, singing involves the cultivation of technique to a point where you could almost conceive of styles as diverse as opera, scatting, yodeling, and Tuvan throat singing as tantamount to introjected technology.

How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music

pitchfork.com

Thomas Scovell

174 days ago

Capitol Records released “The Stereo Disc,” which featured “day in the life” ambient sounds such as “Bowling Alley” and “New Year’s Eve at Times Square” to transport the listener out of the home and into the action.

How stereo was first sold to a skeptical public

theconversation.com

Thomas Scovell

174 days ago

His attack succeeded and became a global menace because he hit upon the one thing sought by everyone on the planet: love.

The 20-Year Hunt for the Man Behind the Love Bug Virus

wired.com

Thomas Scovell

209 days ago

Some people die from COVID-19. That’s maybe the last absolute statement we can make here. But “some” is not a number and you can’t math with it.

Why It’s So Freaking Hard To Make A Good COVID-19 Model 

fivethirtyeight.com

Thomas Scovell

209 days ago

Coined by the Swiss physician Johannes Hofer in 1688, ‘nostalgia’ referred to a medical condition – homesickness – characterised by an incapacitating longing for one’s motherland.

Nostalgia reimagined

aeon.co

Thomas Scovell

213 days ago

They called it the “end of history illusion”; people believed they had reached some “watershed moment” in which they had become their authentic self.

Why Futurism Has a Cultural Blindspot

getpocket.com

Thomas Scovell

213 days ago

In 1663, Isaac Newton bought a book on astrology at the Sturbridge Summer Fair. It was an act of curiosity, but Newton found that he couldn’t make sense of it because he didn’t know enough geometry. And so he began to study Euclid. This is how Newton got hooked on mathematics.

Why Astrology Matters

getpocket.com

Thomas Scovell

214 days ago

Art binds us to others, but it also helps us grieve for the many things in our lives which will fall like the “splash quite unnoticed.”

Art is a collective experience. It’s also a deeply private one.

washingtonpost.com

Thomas Scovell

214 days ago

Strauss and Howe, you see, didn’t just help invent Steve Bannon. They invented millennials. And society’s obsession with that kind of generational pseudoscience has actually made it easier for Americans to believe in Bannon’s prophecies of doom.

The pseudoscience that prepared America for Steve Bannon’s apocalyptic message

qz.com

Thomas Scovell

214 days ago

Until recent years, scientists had largely ignored the global diversity of thinking.

How East and West Think in Profoundly Different Ways

getpocket.com

Thomas Scovell

214 days ago

there’s little reason to believe that we can help determine our kids’ intelligence, personality, or mental health. We aren’t really “puppet masters” of our kids’ development, he argued, but rather something more important—their guardians and friends.

Parenting Doesn’t Matter

getpocket.com

Thomas Scovell

214 days ago

She acknowledges that reminding wealthy young people to make dinner for themselves is a “bougie solution to a bougie problem” but stresses that the company’s philosophy is that “bougieness doesn’t obviate problem-ness.”

This Brand is Late Capitalism

thebaffler.com

Thomas Scovell

214 days ago

“Imagine if the entire world of music fandom were musicians,” says Trink. “How much more energy would that put into every single thing that the music industry does?”

Inside The Gaming Collective That’s Drawing Big-Time Music Investors — And Star Players

billboard.com

Thomas Scovell

216 days ago

Kafka located one of the central qualities of the landline—the way that it allowed someone to speak and be heard, but also to be destabilized, exposed to forces unseen.

An Elegy for the Landline in Literature

newyorker.com

Thomas Scovell

223 days ago

Defining the 90s Music Canon

pudding.cool

Thomas Scovell

225 days ago

There is an uncanny intimacy to anger.

The Philosophy of Anger

bostonreview.net

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