Beryl Bainbridge, Harriet Said…
L’eterna pugna entre la maldat i l’estupidesa, amb els resultats catastròfics que s’apunten en el primer capítol. Un relat pertorbador.

Sunday Morning 2018-10-14

brown chair in abandoned house

Photo by Simson Petrol on Unsplash

Algunes lectures d’aquests dies.

The History of Philosophy summarized & visualized

This is my summary of the history of (Western) philosophy showing the positive/negative connections between some of the key ideas/arguments of the philosophers.

The surprising truth about loneliness

Five counterintuitive findings from the BBC Loneliness Experiment:

  1. Younger people feel lonelier than older people
  2. 41% of people think loneliness can be positive
  3. People who feel lonely have social skills that are no better or worse than average
  4. Winter is no lonelier than any other time of year
  5. People who often feel lonely have higher levels of empathy than everyone else

Neither Paper Nor Digital Does Active Reading Well

The cognitive effort to actively and intelligently read a text in depth is, if not equal to, then on the same order of magnitude as the effort to write about a complex subject. But we only have full-featured tools to help us with writing.

Banksy Painting Self-Destructs After Fetching $1.4 Million at Sotheby’s

But suspicious minds wondered whether Sotheby’s was completely taken by surprise.

Will Gompertz, ¿Qué estás mirando? 150 años de arte moderno. De Delacroix a Banksy, d’escàndol en escàndol, una bona i amena introducció per a qui vulgui entendre de què va l’art modern.

A Banksy painting has self-destructed on the auction podium at Sotheby’s in London after being sold for over £1m, in one of the most audacious art pranks thought to have been carried out by the street artist.

Financial Times

Sunday Morning 2018-09-30

shed with broken glass window

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Algunes lectures d’aquests darrers dies.

Scientific Facts — Are they like Myths, Told through Fairytales and Spread by Gossip?

Studying the language of science delivers some surprising results: fairytale schemas help us to understand the narrative structure of articles; the study of verb tense reveals common linguistic patterns of sense-making between science and mythology, and tracing hedging in citations allows us how citations work to spread claims much like rumors.

Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information

The researchers also found that if User A, whom we’ll call Anna, shares her contacts with Facebook, including a previously unknown phone number for User B, whom we’ll call Ben, advertisers will be able to target Ben with an ad using that phone number, which I call “shadow contact information,” about a month later. Ben can’t access his shadow contact information, because that would violate Anna’s privacy, according to Facebook, so he can’t see it or delete it, and he can’t keep advertisers from using it either.

New tech uses Wi-Fi to count people through walls

The system, created by researchers at UC Santa Barbara, uses a single Wi-Fi router outside of the room to measure attenuation and signal drops.

A Japanese company has announced a long-term plan to develop the Moon

“Around 2030 we expect to begin developing propellant and sending it to spacecraft in space,” Hakamada said. He hopes that by then, there will be several hundred people working on the Moon, or in lunar orbit, to support an industrial base. A decade later, by 2040, he envisions a city called “Moon Valley” on the lunar surface, with a diverse array of industries and thousands of visitors per year.

How Did “OK” Become One of the Most Popular Words in the World?

Young Boston intellectuals in the early 1800s used a humorous code of abbreviated phrases, like KC (“knuff ced”), “KY” (“know yuse”) and “OW” (“oll wright”). While most of them eventually fell out of fashion, one abbreviation persisted: “OK” or “oll korrect.”

Perdre la gràcia

Però existeix la temptació irresistible de descobrir el com, que consisteix a aprendre el secret mitjançant un mètode lineal, pas a pas, o a expressar-lo en paraules. Com és possible que la gent demani que se li expliqui, per exemple, com es balla, en lloc d’observar, simplement, i fer-ho? Per què una instrucció formal per ensenyar una cosa tan natural com nedar? Per què els éssers humans han de llegir llibres per entendre la copulació? Les mitologies de moltes cultures inclouen, en formes variables, el tema de la pèrdua de l’estat de gràcia i la necessitat consegüent de reemplaçar-lo per la tecnologia.

—Alan Watts, El camí del Tao.