SCIENCE, LANGUAGE, HUMANITY

Our efficient brains may explain language ‘universals’

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona on journal.ftn.media: “Researchers taught study participants a fake language. The results suggest our brains play a large role in the similarities among languages.”


ECONOMICS, SOCIETY, CITIES, PROGRESS

Hong Kong won the war on poverty

Tim Worstall on Foundation for Economic Education: “Economic growth is exactly the thing which gives the poorest a share of economic achievement.”


ENERGY, , , FUN

Should I put solar panels on it?

Randall Monroe on xkcd.com: Most likely not.


RACISM, , , DIVERSITY, CULTURE

Look what you’ve become

Andy Ngo on quillette.com: “What I heard was a siren’s song leading us to a culture of racial division and mistrust.”


DEBATE, , LIBERTY, PHILOSOPHY

Lost

Jack News on thejacknews.com: “Ludwig von Mises was indisputably one of the founding fathers of modern libertarianism. The alt-right institute created in his name has strayed far from the vision to which Mises dedicated his life.”


, SCIENCE, , SMOKING

Up in smoke

Jacob Grier on slate.com: “Will we look at the new evidence for long enough to at least consider whether we’ve gone too far?”


INTERNET, FREE SPEECH, TECHNOLOGY,

To stop an avalanche

Ben Thompson on stratechery.com: “Moderating user-generated content is hard: it is easier, though, with a realistic understanding that the Internet reflects humanity — it is capable of both good and evil.”


WEAPONS, , DEMOCRACY,

How I learned to quit the bomb

Robert Farley on warisboring.com: “The Republic of South Africa is the only country in the world to build a nuclear weapons program, then unbuild that program after domestic and international conditions changed.”


SCIENCE, DESIGN, ENGINEERING, FUTURE, VIDEO

Fact follows fiction

Futurism on youtube.com: “In order to create the future, we must first imagine it.”


MUSIC, CULTURE, , INNOVATION

Machine metal

Brad Jones on futurism.com: “Bang your head to ones and zeroes.”


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