GDP is no longer a useful measure of economic progress: "What Will Succeed GDP?"
(Plus- The Communist Manifesto)
“The welfare of a nation can scarcely be inferred from a measurement of national income as defined by the GDP”*…

Grope for good gauges:

An environmental historian looks at how Americans treat corpses and what it means: “She Sees Dead Bodies”
(Plus- Ur)
“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future”*…

Muse on memorializing mortality:

22 variations on Shakespeare's most famous poem: "Alternate Forms for Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18."
(Plus- Ross Thomas)
“Poetry is emotion put into measure”*…

Matching feeling to form at

The spectacular failure of the world's only hard rock theme park
(Plus- Gordon is dead)
“Rock and roll is here to stay”*…

Wave your lighters at

What 20,000 letters to Dear Abby tell us about what—and who—concerns us most: "30 Years of American Anxieties"
(Plus- Blondie and Dagwood wed)
“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety”*…

Keep calm at:

The future isn't what it used to be: "The library of the future: a vision of 1983 from 1883"
(Plus- ENIAC)
“It is likely that libraries will carry on and survive, as long as we persist in lending words to the world that surrounds us, and storing them for future readers”*…

Browse in bliss:

Are we breeding a global cultural and cognitive monoculture? "What happens to cognitive diversity when everyone is more WEIRD?"
(Plus- Bentham)
“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities”*…

Delight in difference:

Knowledge is power: "How Diderot’s Encyclopedia Challenged the King."
(Plus- the League of Women Voters)
“Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.”*…

Know that knowledge is power:

When the U.S.S.R. collapsed, Washington bet on the global spread of democratic capitalist values—and lost: "Russian-Style Kleptocracy Is Infiltrating America"
(Plus- Jesse James)
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster”*…

Get down with Diogenes:

The father of PR and advertising as we know them: "The Original Influencer"
(Plus- Kant)
“The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret”*…

Muse on motives at:

The blackest black paint in the world! Black 3.0 (and the gratifying story behind its development)
(Plus- Descartes)
“Friends share things”*…

Get dark:

The crime rate perception gap
(Plus- the scariest episode of Sesame Street)
“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes”*…

Apprehend at:

How does truth fit into democracy? A question as old as democracy itself: "An Equal Say."
(Plus- John Quincy Adams)
“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept”*…

Contemplate civil discourse:

Stupidity, and what to do about it: "The Case for Professors of Stupidity"
(Plus- Kropotkin)
“In the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt”*…

Get smart:

A free database of standard sizes/dimensions: Dimensions.Guide
(Plus- The Kid)
“Not too big, not too small… just right”*…

Size it up:

From @longnow and @zander: "The 26,000-Year Astronomical Monument Hidden in Plain Sight"
(Plus- Mary Leakey)
“The years teach much the days never know”*…

Take the long view at:

A biting consideration of algorithmic culture-- are we past "saving"?: "It's All Over"
(Plus- Mme de Sévigné)
“A unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation”*…

Appreciate analog:

Geoengineering: "Giant Mirrors. Ocean Whitening. Here’s How Exxon Wanted to Save the Planet"
(Plus- the father of Cultural Ecology)
“Climate change isn’t an “issue” to add to the list of things to worry about, next to health care and taxes. It is a civilizational wake-up call.”*…

Head for the hills:

The evolution of the alphabet, illustrated
(Plus- Yeats père)
“I don’t like the ALPHAbet. I’m going to wait for the BETA version.”*…

Follow the thread:

How subjective maps can be used to manipulate opinion: "These 'Persuasive Maps' Want You to Believe"
(Plus- Joyce)
“People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive”*…

Find your way:

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