Ideas For Fribrarians

May 18, 2019

That thing you think you know, that stuff I believe, those practices we follow . . . yep, you, I, we are wrong. READ THIS!

Some pessimism/optimism for you:

How good is the Universe? (pessimism)

How good are we? (pessimism)

You should have been happy on the recent Earth Day. (optimism)

Economics and happiness (little column A, little column B)

 

May 7, 2019

So… Asteroids are like bad news, dude.

The Battle of Winterfell: A Tactical Analysis

 

April 8, 2019

More reasons for optimism (except for Big Old MacDonald)

On a more somber note, why do army ants commit suicide?

One idea to help reduce carbon would be to buy coal.

Fake (scary) news

The latest in AI-created content has spurred Scott Alexander to some deep thoughts: How do they dream?At what point is it general intelligence?, and Who’s to say what is ‘meaningful’?

 

February 7, 2019

The world is getting better, you pessimists. Better for humans. Better for the environment.

But perhaps that is to no avail since people prefer pessimism.

Tyler has a one hour to teach you economics–he does so in several short videos.

52 things learned by Kent Hendricks in 2018.

52 things learned by Tom Whitwell in 2018.

Tips for political debate from philosopher Michael Huemer: part 1 and part 2.

Do you stand on stairs and walk on escalators–which kind of thinker are you? There are wrong answers here and right answers for wrong reasons. I know Kevin won’t believe until he sees the math.

 

November 14, 2018

DO YOU WANT TO PLAY A GAME?

There Are No Natural Resources.

What’s Really in Your Fish Oil?

Julia Belluz on Epidemiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism

Myers-Briggs Is Bunk

The New Science of Seeing Around Corners

Never, and I mean NEVER, talk to the police.

While we would all struggle being true to the recommendation in this podcast, I think Kevin would have the most difficult time.

Speaking of things Kevin (and Josh and others) might find interesting…

 

September 3, 2018

Frank Abagnale (“Catch Me If You Can”) spoke at Google. The talk and the Q&A were excellent.

We should always remember that EVERY law is violent at its ultimate end. If you are not prepared to kill to enforce it, it should not be a law.

A four-step process for making difficult decisions.

Grumpy has three links to make you depressed about the current state of public policy.

 

July 24, 2018

I miss this guy.

The man who cracked horse racing and made $1 billion.

What Earth looked like through the ages with current day political boundaries drawn in.

I guarantee you that politician cannot guarantee jobs.

Our innate tendency of moving the goalposts means we can never not have bad things.

Perhaps the truth lies somewhere between the absolute truth and truth denial.

 

June 19, 2018

What level is your thinking at? And don’t tell me, “Ours go to eleven.”

Surfing the Internet is not dead; it has only changed form.

How did Anna con all of New York?

Forced rankings as problems

With apologies to disappointing Josh, the lack of one simple ingredient is making the probability of E.T. look very low.

 

May 22, 2018

Respect for Tex Mex

Did you hear what the hell happened in Havana?

Peeling back the layers of a city

Evolution via cities

And, an evolutionary mystery

How would we communicate to and impress the others in the Universe?

Bootleggers and Baptists in the puppy trade

 

April 21, 2018

Two from Seth: Be glad when they steal from you and get the default settings right.

A good reminder that we are biased toward a sensitivity to bad news.

 

April 10, 2018

Getting paid to be fired.

When the sheriff can get paid to take food from prisoners.

Quit being afraid.

 

April 3, 2018:

A new view on the moon.

This is how to pay college athletes. & The silliest economic claim ever.

Test your conspiracy theories.

Gun control reconsidered.

Puritanical millennials. 

Friston’s Free Energy and Predictive Depression.

Buying local: the impossibility.

A keyhole solution for harassment.

The KGB’s nuclear winter theory.