Sunday Morning 2018-09-02

brown and white conch on seashore

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Coses que hem llegit aquests dies.

Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca: La posverdad suprema

En estos momentos, la posverdad corporativa e ideológica se encarna de forma sobresaliente en nuestro Tribunal Supremo y su empeño en mantener la acusación de rebelión contra los líderes políticos del movimiento independentista catalán. Tratar de encajar las conductas del “otoño caliente” del 2017 en el tipo penal de rebelión es contrario a la lógica, el sentido común y el propio derecho español […] Se han propuesto dar un escarmiento ejemplar a los líderes del independentismo, un castigo que deje claro a las próximas generaciones el riesgo al que se exponen si alguien intenta de nuevo una estrategia unilateral rupturista […] Para frenar el disparate y la injusticia que se está cometiendo con las acusaciones de rebelión, haría falta una sociedad civil que se tomara en serio que en una democracia resulta inadmisible juzgar a unos políticos por hechos que no han cometido. No estamos ahí todavía.

Advertising is obsolete – here’s why it’s time to end it

Advertising is manipulation and should be illegal.

Online Bettors Know If Psychology Studies Will Replicate

While the SSRP team was doing their experimental re-runs, they also ran a “prediction market”—a stock exchange in which volunteers could buy or sell “shares” in the 21 studies, based on how reproducible they seemed. They recruited 206 volunteers—a mix of psychologists and economists, students and professors, none of whom were involved in the SSRP itself. Each started with $100 and could earn more by correctly betting on studies that eventually panned out.

Sunday Morning 2018-08-12

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Algunes lectures d’aquesta setmana.

What does QAnon have to do with leftist Italian authors Wu Ming

…the conspiracy theory behind the conspiracy theory is that leftist pranksters inspired by Wu Ming’s novel Q created a fake internet person named “Q.” Under this guise, they share fake news in alt-right forums, getting users worked up over implausible revelations…

How the menstrual cycle changes women’s brains – for better

It turns out that women are more adept at certain skills, such as spatial awareness, after their period. Three weeks after, they are significantly better communicators – and, oddly, particularly good at telling when others are feeling fearful. Finally, for part of their cycles their brains are actually bigger.

Women Die More From Heart Attacks Than Men — Unless the ER Doc Is Female

There could be a systematic bias where male physicians are not listening to female patients’ complaints as readily as [those of] a man, or there could be a bias that favors men in the medical literature, leading to misdiagnoses in women. It may also be that female doctors do a better job than their male counterparts.

The Underground Rivers of London

The Walbrook, which once flowed openly through the center of Roman London and was used for transport, was paved over in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Romans had a temple and port in its banks […] A total of twenty one rivers were forced underground by the burgeoning city, but their impact on London’s landscape remains.

La supervivencia de los más ricos y cómo traman abandonar el barco

Para los multimillonarios, el futuro de la tecnología consiste en su capacidad de huida. El objetivo es trascender la condición humana y protegerse del cambio climático, los grandes flujos migratorios, las pandemias globales…

Dashiell Hammet, Interrogatorios (Errata naturae). Transcripción de sus declaraciones ante el tribunal que lo condenó a seis meses de cárcel y ante el Comité de Actividades Antiestadounidenses. Incluye el cuento “Sombra en la noche” (“¿Y qué coño crees que quiero ser? ¿Chino?”).

Emmanuel Carrère, Yo estoy vivo y vosotros estáis muertos. Philip K. Dick 1928-1982. Aquesta biografia és, també, una col·lecció de spoilers. Reserveu-la per a després de llegir els millors contes i novel·les de Dick.

Sunday Morning 2018-08-05

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Algunes lectures potser interessants d’aquests darrers dies.

London’s Secret Nuclear Reactor

In the early 1960s, the Royal Naval College acquired a low-power nuclear reactor… Compared to those in nuclear power stations, JASON was a small reactor measuring 12 feet high and was surrounded by more than 300 tons of steel and concrete cladding to prevent stray neutrons from escaping. Despite its small size, Jason was potent… It was like a ticking time bomb. Surely, the Navy wasn’t going to tell Londoners they have a nuclear bomb for a neighbor. So JASON was kept a secret.

This new blockchain-based betting platform could cause Napster-size legal headaches

But despite fears that the rise of “assassination markets” could inspire real killings, the more urgent problem Augur presents is something else entirely… “If you do not have a very concrete intermediary—i.e., a company or group of people that are running the marketplace—how do you apply laws and prevent that activity from occurring?”

A Spectre is Haunting Unicode

JIS X 0208 ghost characters: 幽霊文字. Nobody knows what they mean, where they came from or how they should be pronounced.

Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason

Facebook really is evil. Not on purpose. In the banal kind of way […] To Facebook, the world is not made up of individuals, but of connections between them. The billions of Facebook accounts belong not to “people” but to “users,” collections of data points connected to other collections of data points on a vast Social Network, to be targeted and monetized by computer programs. There are certain things you do not in good conscience do to humans. To data, you can do whatever you like.

Doing well in school is nothing to be proud of

In 1958, sociologist Michael Young created the term “meritocracy” in a dystopian novel that warned of the horrors of categorizing humans by intelligence.

Art rupestre llevantí. Plaça del Mediterrani, Castelló de la Plana. Senyals del futur.