Government is a technology, so fix it like one- @eliotpeper argues for regular maintenance and upgrades
Were other humans the first victims of the sixth mass extinction?
(Plus- Flourens and the brain)
“So profound is our ignorance, and so high our presumption, that we marvel when we hear of the extinction of an organic being”*…
The biggest threat to financial stability Is the climate: Financial regulators are ignoring the significant risks from a warming planet and even from efforts to green the economy
(Plus- The Great Smog)
Internalize externalities: https://roughlydaily.com/2019/12/05/a-good-rule-of-thumb-is-to-assume-that-everything-matters/
Quantity vs. quality: "The great American labor paradox: plentiful jobs, most of them bad"
(Plus- the Million Dollar Quartet)
“A man is worked upon by what he works on”*…
Progress: humans invented it—and not that long ago. Joel Mokyr unpacks its cultural history, and explains why "Progress Isn't Natural"
(Plus- neon lights)
“Progress is the attraction that moves humanity”*…
Deliberate on direction: https://roughlydaily.com/2019/12/03/progress-is-the-attraction-that-moves-humanity/
A glorious (and gloriously-illustrated) appreciation: "Beauty in Ingenuity: The Art of Science"
“The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly – to develop strategies of seeing and showing”*…
"Thanksgiving and the Myth of Native American 'Savages'":
prominent scientists "slander" the indigenous population, who were kind to newcomers, and helped them survive... @Horganism - https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/thanksgiving-and-the-myth-of-native-american-savages/
The story of the StairMaster
(Plus- the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade)
“All rising to great places is by a winding stair”*…
Six Degrees of Francis Bacon: @ChrisVVarren and his colleagues at Carnegie Mellon create both a dynamic map of the early modern British social network and a template for other scholars
“Knowledge is not simply another commodity. On the contrary. Knowledge is never used up. It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion.”*…
Politicians-- and business people and academics-- are quick to reference "the middle class." @JohnPatLeary explores "What We Talk About When We Talk About the Middle Class"
(Plus- The Old Framers Almanac)
Contemplate classification and its consequences: https://roughlydaily.com/2019/11/25/the-most-perfect-political-community-is-one-in-which-the-middle-class-is-in-control-and-outnumbers-both-of-the-other-classes/
The Trolley Problem, solved
(Plus- John Rawls)
A beautifully-current-- and equally beautifully-concrete-- way to capture the commitment to learning and revising that animated the Framers: The US Constitution on GitHub
“To treat the founding documents as Scripture would be to become a slave to the past”*…
Hold those truths to be inalienable: https://roughlydaily.com/2019/11/23/to-treat-the-founding-documents-as-scripture-would-be-to-become-a-slave-to-the-past/
Open source, "locked open" for the ages: adjacent to the Global Seed Vault, Github's Global Archive Program (with @internetarchive) and @BodleianLibs)
(Plus- the first metallic writing pen)
“…for no change comes calmly over the world”*…
Preserve for posterity: https://roughlydaily.com/2019/11/22/for-no-change-comes-calmly-over-the-world/
International water agreements are coming under pressure. Jayati Ghosh- @Jayati1609 - warns of "The Growing Threat of Water Wars"
“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water”*…
Hyperspace, tesseracts, ghosts, and colorful cubes-- Charles Howard Hinton and the cultural history of higher dimensions: "Notes on the Fourth Dimension"
(Plus- the walkie talkie)
“Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal”*…
Lessons from the best: "Buster Keaton- The Art of the Gag"
(Plus- Frederick Langenheim)
“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot”*…
Trees without trunks: a photographer's celebration of timber's will to life
(Plus- William Tell)
“When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all”*…
How food gets to your home... and some of the bottlenecks and vulnerabilities to which we be wise to pay attention
(Plus- the father of canning)
“First we eat, then we do everything else”*…
High-speed film reveals the details of a young gall midge's loop-and-latch maneuver: "How these tiny insect larvae leap without legs"
(Plus- LSD first synthesized)
Admire the altitude: https://roughlydaily.com/2019/11/16/jump/
Why was it believed that the Aztecs greeted Cortés as a deity? "Inventing a God"
Muse on memes: https://roughlydaily.com/…/men-create-gods-after-their-own…/
Have helped start lots of orgs (e.g., GBN, Wired, Oxygen); of late, mostly NGOs. Still practice scenario planning, mostly with not-for-profits.
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