Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

It’s impatient, and annoyed with most people, especially itself. 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 a post-truth world it is not that truth is dead, but that too many people refuse to engage critically with truth and test ideas. 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

It comes down to riding evenly, not accelerate or brake suddenly, but also keep your hands on the wheel for example. With learning analytics you use data to gain insight into how people learn and how to support learning. So be aware of the effect on people.

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Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

How to Save the World

Despite the ravings of some psychotic or despotic leaders, most people in these nations are safe, materially well-off, and, as much as possible, “free” Well, perhaps not. Photo: Luke MacGregor for Bloomberg.

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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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The Death of Truth: A World Where Lying Pays

How to Save the World

T he character that is not me lies in the sun on the warm tropical beach, listening to the roar of the surf. It has no choice in this — it is conditioned to prefer warmth and sun and surf over cold and wet and concrete, no matter how masterfully constructed and adorned the latter may be. ‘I’

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Risky Business

How to Save the World

But they pretend they also care about the welfare of the world’s people, and spend millions of dollars (kindly provided by you in the form of customer profits and taxes) preparing this report.

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Collapse Watch

How to Save the World

Since it began, every bit, 100%, of our global industrial culture’s “growth” is attributable to ever-accelerating use of cheap, readily available energy. though of course these models make all kinds of assumptions, and few people understand or pay attention to them.

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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. Some interesting links that caught my eye this week. Why Black Hole Interiors Grow (Almost) Forever.

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