Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

The story of climate change hangs on human behavior, not geophysics. 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.”

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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

It comes down to riding evenly, not accelerate or brake suddenly, but also keep your hands on the wheel for example. He wanted to get a high score and therefore changed his driving style. The question is whether that is safer than changing the radio at once.

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Re-Imagining Aluminum Smelting

Michael Sampson - Currents

But that’s about to change. As part of Apple’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its products through innovation, the company helped accelerate the development of this technology. From Apple: Aluminum is a key material in many of Apple’s most popular products, and for more than 130 years, it’s been produced the same way.

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Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

How to Save the World

It’s going to be a rough ride, and I was hoping it wouldn’t be accelerating as soon or as quickly as it now appears to be. Photo: Luke MacGregor for Bloomberg.

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The Death of Truth: A World Where Lying Pays

How to Save the World

Of course, I know that since selves do not really exist, they cannot have changed or caused anything. There is no meaning or purpose to anything, no reason ‘why’, no causality, and no time in which things change or evolve, although we want and believe there to be.

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Risky Business

How to Save the World

So, psychologically, it’s better to downplay its likelihood (which is already occurring, ie 100%) and its impact (catastrophic, even just considering the effects of the destruction of forests, oceans, soils and permafrost, which are already well-advanced and accelerating).

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From the feed

Chris Corrigan

This vision is the one that would get me on board with using our existing oil and gas resources to manufacture and fund and infrastructure to accelerate this future for my kids. How Evaluation Supports Systems Change. Some interesting links that caught my eye this week.

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