400 🥳

How to stop abortions, new solutions for the climate crisis, dealing with imposter syndrome, and more...

This happens to be Weekly Filet issue 400. That means: 400 weeks of curating the best of the web and sending out a newsletter to an ever growing list of curious human beings — you.

Reaching lots of people is always nice, and it makes me really that thousands of people are reading this newsletter every week. However, I've always been more interested in reaching a diverse group of people. This week alone, I've seen people sign up from India, Germany, France, Cameroon, Brazil, United States, Kenya, Switzerland, Netherlands, Mexico, Venezuela, Poland, Australia, Georgia, Italy, Austria, UK, Canada, Portugal, South Africa, Norway, UAE, Singapore, Peru, Spain, Russia and Malaysia. Overall, people from more than 100 countries around the globe are reading the Weekly Filet. I love writing and curating the web for you, I truly appreciate you following along. 🙏

🌱 Want to help me reach a couple more people? Give the Weekly Filet a shoutout on social media, or tell some friends about it. Personal recommendations always go a long way.

And with that, here are recommendations 2063–2067 in the history of the Weekly Filet (all that came before are here and here's a list of some of my all-time favs).

1. Ejaculate responsibly — a plan for stopping abortions

The US Supreme Court's decision to end women's right to abortion reminded me of this thread first posted in 2018. The thing is: Nobody wants to have an abortion, it's an option that needs to exist. Fewer abortions is a desirable outcome. However, making it harder to get an abortion legally just isn't a very effective way to prevent abortions. Gabrielle Blair writes: «If you want to stop abortion, you need to prevent unwanted pregnancies. And men are 100% responsible for unwanted pregnancies.» Your first reflex is to disagree? So was mine. It's what makes reading this so valuable. (Blair has turned the thread into a book — Ejaculate Responsibly will be published in October)

Thread by @designmom on Thread Reader App
@designmom: I’m a mother of six, and a Mormon. I have a good understanding of arguments surrounding abortion, religious and otherwise. I’ve been listening to men grandstand about women’s reproductive rights, and I’m...…

2. 11 new solutions for addressing the climate crisis

Drawdown, first published in 2017, has heavily informed my thinking about the climate crisis, especially about what can be done to solve it. It presents 100 ways to address global warming, with research-based estimates of how impactful they are. Five years later, they've added 11 more solutions, from seaweed farming to methane leak management. Money quote: «We confirmed that the practices and technologies implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will more than pay for themselves in lifetime savings [...] Solving the climate crisis is both a life-saving and money-saving move for future generations

Project Drawdown updates world’s leading set of climate solutions—adding 11 new solutions for addressing the climate crisis | Project Drawdown
Updated Project Drawdown solutions set confirms we can halt the climate crisis before it’s too late

3. ​​My experience with imposter syndrome — and how to (partly) overcome it

I'm sure many among you will feel seen reading this article — I know I did. An honest, personal account of what imposter syndrome feels like and how it impacts your work. With lots of actionable advice on how to escape the self-perpetuating cycle of thinking you're not good enough.

My experience with imposter syndrome — and how to (partly) overcome it
I’ve felt like an imposter since my first year of university. I was accepted to the university that I believed was well out of my league — my ‘stretch’ school. I’d gotten good grades in high school, but I’d never seen myself as especially smart: I wasn’t selected for gifted programmes in elementary…

4. A Philosopher's Case Against Death

«The acceptance of death is deeply embedded in our culture; it's time to overthrow that idea.»

A Philosopher’s Case Against Death
The acceptance of death is deeply embedded in our culture; it’s time to overthrow that idea.

5. Seven Varieties of Stupidity

Choose your fighter: 1. Pure stupidity, 2. Ignorant stupidity, 3. Fish-out-of-water stupidity, 4. Rule-based stupidity, 5. Overthinking-stupidity, 6. Emergent stupidity, 7. Ego-driven stupidity.

Seven Varieties of Stupidity
(and what to do about them)

What else?

Thanks for reading. The journey to reach 500 issues begins next Friday. See you then!

— David 👋