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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).
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.»
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Can Ukraine win this war? What does winning against Russia even mean? And what would happen next? Sober analysis and sobering outlook.
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.
«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.
- Escher's Rubik's Cube
- «Do you wanna jump on a quick call?»
- Laughed more than I should: «What I imagine conductors do in orchestras»
- It boggles my mind that these curves are not even close to overlapping.
- Mesmerising: running shadows
- Try DALL-E yourself: Enter any prompt and let AI turn it into an image.
- The good news: There's a great podcast called «A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs». The bad news: It's already at episode 149, so you've got a bit of catching up to do.
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