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50 Ideas That Changed My Life by David Perell
Russell Conjugation:
Journalists often change the meaning of a sentence by replacing one word with a synonym that implies a different meaning. For example, the same person can support an estate tax but oppose a death tax — even though they are the same thing.

Bike-Shed Effect: A group of people working on a project will fight over the most trivial ideas. They’ll ignore what’s complicated. They’ll focus too much on easy-to-understand ideas at the expense of important, but hard to talk about ideas. For example, instead of approving plans for a complicated spaceship, the team would argue over the color of the astronaut’s uniforms.

Overton Window: You can control thought without limiting speech. You can do it by defining the limits of acceptable thought while allowing for lively debate within these barriers. For example, Fox News and MSNBC set limits on what political thoughts they consider acceptable, but in the grand scheme of things, they’re both fairly conventional. The political spectrum stretches far beyond the ideas they entertain, but ideas outside their limits are shunned. 

68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice
The purpose of a habit is to remove that action from self-negotiation. You no longer expend energy deciding whether to do it. You just do it. Good habits can range from telling the truth, to flossing.

Being able to listen well is a superpower. While listening to someone you love keep asking them “Is there more?”, until there is no more.

A worthy goal for a year is to learn enough about a subject so that you can’t believe how ignorant you were a year earlier.

Separate the processes of creation from improving. You can’t write and edit, or sculpt and polish, or make and analyze at the same time. If you do, the editor stops the creator. While you invent, don’t select. While you sketch, don’t inspect. While you write the first draft, don’t reflect. At the start, the creator mind must be unleashed from judgement.

This person does not exist
This is my nightmare and I can’t believe it’s not real. Imagined by a GAN (generative adversarial network)

The Demolition of the Most Beautiful Library in America
Photos of the old public library in Cincinnati

In Conversation with Jay Gupta
My former professor on the philosophy of aesthetics.

Oakland Geology
A world at your feet. Focused on, near, and around Oakland, California.


Mains

The Pragmatics of Project Communication
This point is so obvious as to often be overlooked:  silence amounts to communicating that one does not want to communicate.

Reality has Endorsed Bernie Sanders
This is a virus that will thrive in the intimacy of American poverty.

Artists by Art Movement
Ancient Egyptian art, Ancient Greek art, Medieval art, Renaissance art, Post Renaissance art, Modern art, Contemporary art, Chinese art, Korean art, Japanese art, Islamic art, Native art

Step Inside Jacques Grange’s Storied Paris Apartment
The celebrated French writer Colette first moved to 9 rue de Beaujolais, overlooking the Palais-Royal garden in Paris, in the 1920s

How Washington keeps America sick and fat
Today’s diet crisis is one of excess, and it is costing us dearly: obesity alone costs about $147 billion annually; hypertension costs an estimated $131 billion a year; and diabetes, the vast majority of which is Type 2, costs $237 billion.


Desserts

Mary Hobson
She studied Russian[3] at 56 so that she could read the original version of Leo Tolstoy‘s War and Peace, a book that had been a gift to her by her daughter to read while recovering from a surgery and one that she felt she would not truly understand until she read the original Russian version.

How To Create Your Best-Ever Bedroom
Soothing photos that make me feel sleepy.

Aim small, miss small
Improve your archery accuracy and focus

The Mexican Art of the Double Entendre
Linguistic poetry, or “albur“.

How Human Brains Do Language
One system, two channels.

On the Value of Curiousity
It’s basically a critic’s job to think in public, which is a scary thing to do.



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