- The radical moral implications of luck in human life – Luck has a big impact on where you end up in life, and if you think it doesn’t you’re in denial. (obviously hard work, etc. does too! But this idea that “everyone can work their way out of poverty” or whatever is just trying to assuage someone’s guilt.)
- The Disease of More – really good essay, the upshot of which is: Focusing just on happiness won’t really make you happy, you need to be driven by something greater. (thanks David!)
- Triton is the world’s most murderous malware, and it’s spreading – this seems bad.
- How to fight an outrageous medical bill, explained – Sad that this is a thing that we have to worry about, but I bookmarked it just in case. On a related note, Texas Sharpens Aim At Surprise Medical Bills In Bipartisan Proposal, so maybe yay for Texas!
- Life as a Facebook Moderator – To be honest I didn’t read the article that this article links to because it sounds terribly depressing. But I thought this was interesting:
In theory it sounds like a noble idea to let everyone in the world post whatever they want and have it be connected and amplified to like-minded individuals.
In practice, it’s a disaster.
- Network Heuristics – It’s getting harder to look at a twitter account, etc. and see that someone isn’t a real person. What you need to do is look at what they claim (where they went to school, etc.) and verify it with the thing you trust (i.e. the school) instead. This is like if you get a call from your credit card company about your account, don’t call back the number they tell you; instead look at the back of your credit card and call that number, which you know is valid!
- She Invented a Board Game With Scientific Integrity. It’s Taking Off. – it’s very highly-rated on BoardGameGeek!
- 7 Biohacks to Master Before Worrying About Other Biohacks – get more sleep! (per that book about sleep)
- The New Canon: What’s the most influential book of the past 20 years? – I’ve been reading a lot of heavy-ish nonfiction lately so I’m not ready to dive into one of these, but this seems like a good list to tackle someday…
- The Third Phase of Clean Energy Will Be the Most Disruptive Yet – I don’t really have the expertise to say how realistic this is, but it’s exciting!