Recommended Reading

Finally, a new blog. Here's a few links to some articles I think are worth your time.

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An infographic on H.G. Wells. It's amazing how much of the fiction in his writing actually came (more or less) true. Let it be a lesson that it's not only ok, but valuable, to speculate wildly and dream big.

Some insight as to why people seem to want new, fresh ideas, but then reject them. In general I read this as an artist or musician, but I think it applies to anyone reaching for something new. Just avoid reaching for woo crank science that isn't real. It can be hard to walk that line.

A great read from Dr. Steven Novella on the nature of truth. These days it seems a hard thing to define, and it's hard to get people to trust that science is the best way forward. I think Dr. Novella hits it on the head. We've gathered the low hanging fruit. Science is getting harder, and we haven't developed the patience for the long haul in many areas of research. We want the answers now.
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Why Our Brains Suck #1

Why Facts Don't Change Our Minds

"As people invented new tools for new ways of living, they simultaneously created new realms of ignorance; if everyone had insisted on, say, mastering the principles of metalworking before picking up a knife, the Bronze Age wouldn’t have amounted to much. When it comes to new technologies, incomplete understanding is empowering.

Where it gets us into trouble, according to Sloman and Fernbach, is in the political domain. It’s one thing for me to flush a toilet without knowing how it operates, and another for me to favor (or oppose) an immigration ban without knowing what I’m talking about."


This article is a fairly long read, but well worth your time. We humans are not nearly as good at reasoning as we think we are. It's up to each of us to constantly ask ourselves "why do I think what I think, why do I think I know what is true". It's not easy, but it's a skill that is perhaps more essential to learn than any other as we move further into the 21st century.
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