Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

Vollmann seeks to understand how “we could not only sustain, but accelerate the rise of atmospheric carbon levels, all the while expressing confusion, powerlessness and resentment.” From a 2013 speech by Harry Leslie Smith , who died at age 97 in his adopted Canada in February.

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Truth in a Post-Truth Age

Jenny Connected

Idols of the theatre – the human tendency to adopt authority uncritically. In the mid 20th century America’s immersion in fantasy accelerated with the arrival of Disneyland and TV which enhanced the unreal and make-believe.

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Lessons on learning analytics from a taxi driver

Joitske Hulsebosch

The wonderful taxi system The fantastic system of our taxi driver consists of a point system (it is called cicada) adopted by his taxi company. It comes down to riding evenly, not accelerate or brake suddenly, but also keep your hands on the wheel for example.

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Fragments

How to Save the World

At an ever-accelerating rate, we are starting to appreciate that none of these beliefs is true — that we have been lying to ourselves and to each other since our species first developed the capacity to lie and the language and other tools to do it convincingly.

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