The Great Battle of Fire and Light
Another way I'd think about this, is not that genes have a "want to stay immortal", but only those genes that encode information that lead to them lasting are the ones that survive. So the better the gene encodes for its immortality/longevity, the longer it will be around, and in the more number of living organisms it will be manifested.
Genes are like gravity—they don’t care. They want to stay immortal, and they’ll pursue that goal as relentlessly as gravity fuses atoms inside stars.
Fast leads to bad decisions, which lead us to having to make many more fast (and bad) decisions. Slow down to break the cycle.
One consequence of fast is that we make poor decision after poor decision. Those decisions don’t go away never to be seen again. It’s not like we make a bad decision and we’re done with it. No, the consequences are much worse. Poor decisions eat time. They come back to haunt you. They create issue after issue. They feed into the perpetual motion machine of busyness. And in a culture where people wear busyness as a badge of honor bad decisions actually lead us to think that we’re doing more.
In this media-drenched, data-rich, channel-surfing, computer-gaming age, we have lost the art of doing nothing, of shutting out the background noise and distractions, of slowing down and simply being alone with our thoughts. Boredom— the word itself hardly existed 150 years ago— is a modern invention. Remove all stimulation, and we fidget, panic and look for something, anything, to do to make use of the time. When did you last see someone just gazing out the window on a train? Everyone is too busy reading the paper, playing video games, listening to iPods, working on the laptop, yammering into mobile phones.
Being often distracted, whether willfully or not, has contributed to our lack of real understanding.
We’re expected to have an opinion about everything and yet our time to think is near zero. We hold more opinions than ever but have less understanding. We don’t even understand ourselves. How could it be otherwise?
It's important to evaluate our decisions objectively, not biased by hindsight.
We should be fighting for opportunities for other people’s children as if the future of our own children depended on it. It probably does.
So many gems in this article.
It is the brick-and-mortar version of the Gatsby Curve. The traditional story of economic growth in America has been one of arriving, building, inviting friends, and building some more. The story we’re writing looks more like one of slamming doors shut behind us and slowly suffocating under a mass of commercial-grade kitchen appliances.
What is the main problem this product is solving?
Who are the people we are solving this problem for?
What is the emotion/feeling that we want our product to create or evoke?
Is this particular implementation aligned with the problem we're solving for?
Is this the product/feature most likely to successfully solve that problem?
Read the article for the details, but in essence, there's no gender explanation as to the lack of women representation in Computer Science.
The gold standard is a meta-analysis: a study of studies, correcting for biases in particular samples and measures. Here’s what meta-analyses tell us about gender differences:
China wants to be the AI leader by 2030, which is quite feasible given their willingness to take risk (e.g., less data protection issues to consider) and the massive data generated by its 1.4B citizens.
"Let’s hope someone can make it work, because I’d love to live in a Hyperloop future where I can head to work in New York in the morning, zip out around noon to have a 12:45 lunch with my dad in Boston, finish up the work day in New York, catch an 8pm baseball game in DC, and be in my bed in New York by midnight."
a new way to think of the time left in your life.
In a society focused on meritocratic, materialistic success, many well-off Americans from across the political spectrum scorn the white working class in particular for holding onto religious superstitions and politically incorrect views, and pity them for working lousy jobs at dollar stores and fast-food restaurants that the better-off rarely set foot in. And when other sources of meaning are hard to come by, those who struggle in the modern economy can lose their sense of self-worth.
"Our normal impulse is to see misfortune, loss, death, and the choices of others as primary concerns, since they can significantly affect our lives. But this is where the Stoics deviate from our natural inclinations. They offer a bold new take: a thing doesn’t automatically become your concern just because it might affect you."