Trump is showing us that dictatorships and democracies can feel remarkably similar
“It’s a mistake to think a dictatorship feels intrinsically different on a day-to-day basis than a democracy does,” writer G. Willow Wilson noted in a thread on Twitter. Authoritarianism doesn’t necessarily slam down all at once. It often is a slow erosion of norms—a law enforcement agency corrupted here, the self-censorship of media there. It can sneak up on you. And that’s especially true because authoritarianism is not egalitarian. It doesn’t affect everyone in the same way.
A solution can only be as good as your understanding of the problem you’re addressing.
We find that even the subtlest instantiation of a metaphor (via a single word) can have a powerful influence over how people attempt to solve social problems like crime and how they gather information to make “well-informed” decisions.
If we proceed recklessly, glorying in our own power, and without concern for the beauty and integrity of the worlds we aim to conquer, our activities are unethical because of what they reveal about our character.
Can I just highlight the whole article?
If you don’t feel lost, a bit scared, unsure of the answer — you haven’t got deep enough into the issue.
"If you crave approval, this job isn't for you."
"A person is a person through other persons."
Focus on Value and stop rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic
Build ugly prototypes. It’ll keep people from falling in love with ideas that aren't fully baked.
We must never forget that we may also find meaning in life even when confronted with a hopeless situation, when facing a fate that cannot be changed.
In a world where stupidity dominates, looking good is more important than being right. Advanced practitioners of corporate stupidity often spend less time on the content of their work and more on its presentation.
I would argue that criticizing your employees when they screw up is not just your job, it's actually your moral obligation.
We're already at war which targets our values, our democracy, our ability to distinguish between fact and fiction, and moral right and wrong.
"Through DNA editing, researchers hope to alter the genetic destiny of species and eliminate diseases."
If most voters are uninformed, who should make decisions about the public’s welfare?
"In one experiment 98% of users failed to notice a clause requiring them to give up their first-born as payment."
This fucking stupid article hit too close to home.
"As a leader, our success depends not just on the outcomes of our team, but the outcomes of our overall organization."
Burnout is not simply a symptom of working too hard. It is also the body and mind crying out for an essential human need: a space free from the incessant demands and expectations of the world.
Research has shown that, generally speaking, once a person reaches that level of “acceptable” performance and automaticity, the additional years of “practice” don’t lead to improvement. If anything, the doctor or the teacher or the driver who’s been at it for 20 years is likely to be a bit worse than the one who’s been doing it for only five, and the reason is that these automated abilities gradually deteriorate in the absence of deliberate efforts to improve.
Applying someone else's lessons to your context without understanding is how we end up with these cargo cult solutions.
Schrodinger equation viewed from computational complexity theory
A brilliant essay on why we no longer care about facts and hence the truth.
Leadership is about listening to multiple opinions but in the end trusting your instincts and deciding. Leadership is about not worrying about how people will think about you for hard calls. It is about being willing to be wrong.
A brilliant article about how quantum physics impacts actual neuroscience