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“The United States is such an outlier that it can no longer be used as a normative data-point for Western civilisation.” America now is just weird. As such comparisons with America and the rest of the West don’t shed much light. The USA shows what happens after positive feedback loops are left unchecked, but if we’re trying to look at anything routine (eg healthcare, prisons, food systems, environment, economy, democracy, defence, foreign policy, transport, urban…

I’ve struggled with the word ‘love’ since forever. A word which can describe a feeling for which you will give your all, and then describe how you feel about chocolate ice-cream is too vague to be useful. As a word is seems to exist at the far end of many continuums, and change in relation to its objects. I’ve even tried card games with people to arrange a set of related words to better understand…

I meant to make this weekly but realised I wasn’t reading enough each week. In the August inbox cleanse, here are some of the more interesting articles I’ve read in the last 18 months. Bold = more interesting. Review of blockchain consensus mechanismsFuture of HQ TriviaRelationship questions for everyone109 Mental models for intelligent decisionsThe Most Gullible Man in CambridgePick a dollar amount. You receive that amount as long as most people pick a higher amount.It’s…

Maybe,Thought the CreatorWho knew everythingExcept when To use a new line -Or a capital For that matter – MaybeWe are the Mink. CondemnedOn every pathway.Worked to the bone they canCreate things of durable beauty But if free, wont to untold savagery.The Mink strives. — https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/marauding-minks/

This is taken from a comment I posted on facebook today. It was long so saving here for posterity. Capitalism has been brilliant. It’s delivered a lot of great things and has been a useful tool for organising the distribution of resources for hundreds of years. But like many good ideas, it has reached its limits and needs updating to fit the new reality. It was designed for a world of small populations and relatively…