Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

Carbon Ideologies: A wonderfully-written book review by Nathaniel Rich of the prolific William Vollmann’s epic and despairing treatise Carbon Ideologies : “Nothing can be done to save the world as we know it; therefore, nothing need be done”, the book’s author writes.

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Truth in a Post-Truth Age

Jenny Connected

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. Last week BBC Radio 4 broadcast a series of 15 minute podcasts over five days on the topic of Truth.

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Lessons on learning analytics from a taxi driver

Joitske Hulsebosch

You book a trip for three day but without having a clear where you are going to. It comes down to riding evenly, not accelerate or brake suddenly, but also keep your hands on the wheel for example. I've been on a surprise strip.

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Several Short Sentences About… Bats

How to Save the World

Their echolocation can detect objects smaller than the width of a human hair, over large distances, even if both they and the object are moving, and they can also detect the object’s texture, velocity, direction and acceleration. fruit bat, from wikimedia.

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