Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

All that our selves think of as real is just invention, story, the brain’s feverish patterning. The story of climate change hangs on human behavior, not geophysics. A moving story. Tell a Sci-Fi Story in Six Words: Hundreds of people took John Kellden up on his challenge.

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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

His story reminded me occasionally of an episode of Black Mirror: Nosedive with a society based upon likes. It does not work out well for the hero of the story. 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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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. This is nothing new, of course; it is the story of every human civilization that has ever arisen on our planet.

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