5 Rules for Challenging Conversations

The rational case for optimism • Why people avoid news • Escher's Rubik's Cube (#398)

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1. Ibram X. Kendi's 5 Rules for Challenging Conversations With Kids

Our daughter has reached an age where the questions she asks are no longer just cute and confusing. She now asks questions that are profound, that do not have one answer, that are difficult and sometimes scary to answer. The advice Ibram X. Kendi (author of How to Be an Antiracist) offers is for talking to kids about racism. However, all of it can be applied to other topics and older human beings, too (Wait for them to initiate; Redirect your fear; Don’t overdo it).

Ibram X. Kendi’s 5 Rules for Challenging Conversations With Kids
The author wants to help you raise an anti-racist.

2. Optimism

There's a tendency to frame pessimism as realism, and optimism as wishful thinking. What I like about this article is how it builds a rational case for being optimistic by taking a close look at what optimism actually is. Key quote: «It’s the very optimistic belief that things will inevitably go wrong, but that each new challenge is an opportunity for further progress

Why it’s worth trying to make the world more optimistic

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3. ​​What If Ukraine Wins?

Can Ukraine win this war? What does winning against Russia even mean? And what would happen next? Sober analysis and sobering outlook.

What If Ukraine Wins?
Victory in the war would not end the conflict with Russia.

4. Digital News Report 2022

In journalism and the media industry, this report by the Reuters Institute in Oxford is an annual must-read. However, you don't need to be a journalist to get interesting insights from it. After all, how people use and think of news (and increasingly: why they avoid it) is relevant to everyone. This thread gives you a good summary of the key findings.

5. How Animals Perceive The World

«Every animal is enclosed within its own sensory bubble, perceiving but a tiny sliver of an immense world.» — What a beautiful way to put it. And we humans, as the only species able to appreciate other species' experiences, have a special responsibility. «We too quickly forget that we don’t perceive the world in the same way as other species, and consequently, we ignore impacts that we shouldn’t.» I can't wait to read the book.

How Animals Perceive the World
Every creature lives within its own sensory bubble, but only humans have the capacity to appreciate the experiences of other species. What we’ve learned is astounding.

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