This week’s top recommendation
We think we understand others better than they understand us. We think of our own actions as neutral and judge others by theirs. Good read from a book titled “You Are Not So Smart” by David McRaney, released last autumn. In this excerpt, McRaney is connecting dots between an infamous psychological experiment in the 50ies, today’s social media and the perception of self and other in general to make this point: You are driven to create and form groups and then believe others are wrong just because they are others. The trailer to the book is worth watching, too.
- 35 MacGyver Tips (Lifehacker)
- Press Pause Play (Vimeo)
- How Obama’s Long Game Will Outsmart His Critics (The Daily Beast)
- What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation? (Edge)
How to get free WiFi at the airport, how to cool beer really fast, how to cancel any hotel reservation for free. Clever and useful tips, be it only to have some fun facts in hand for your next smalltalk.
You can now watch it on Vimeo and you should: Press Pause Play, an acclaimed documentary on how the digital revolution has unleashed creativity.
On its cover, Newsweek is even more trenchant, asking: Why are Obama’s critics so dumb? An article about criticism that has lost touch with reality.
Each year, Edge has over one hundred people from various fields answer what it calls its annual question. Makes for a great tour d’horizon.