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)
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.»
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.
4. 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.
- This can't be celebrated enough: Around 20 million lives have been saved thanks to Covid vaccines.
- A fascinating optical illusion: the expanding black hole
- The Onion on recent US Supreme Court decisions
- Glastonbury 2022 Festival in pictures
- When you love to have lots of tabs open but you live in the 18th century.
- What's on the opposite side of the globe? Great map to spend a few minutes with.
- «Beware of the man who says he has 20 years’ experience when what he should be saying is he has one year’s experience repeated 20 times.» — Alan Fletcher
Thanks for reading. The journey to reach 500 issues begins next Friday. See you then!
— David 👋