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2137 recommended links since 2011

Putin’s Nukes (with Julia Ioffe)

Please don’t be fooled by the overblown title. Sure, any informed discussion of Russia will include the question of nuclear weapons, but that’s not why this conversation is interesting. Julia Ioffe offers a lot of useful context beyond the war, on how Russia and Putin got themselves to where they are, and what’s next.

From Weekly Filet #412, in October 2022.

    Ten ways to confront the climate crisis without losing hope

    As part of my new job, I’m currently thinking a lot about how we can tackle the climate crisis from a place of hope and optimism. This week, I came across this wonderful piece by Rebecca Solnit published last year. Ten pieces of advice for staying both hopeful and clear-eyed. My favourite two: Feed your feelings on facts, and Imagination is a superpower.

    From Weekly Filet #412, in October 2022.

    The Pandemic’s Legacy Is Already Clear

    Ed Yong, one of the most thoughtful and well-informed writers during the Covid pandemic, comes to a sobering conclusion: «All of this will happen again.» And possibly sooner than we think: «Future pandemics aren’t hypothetical; they’re inevitable and imminent.»

    From Weekly Filet #412, in October 2022.

      Citizen future: Why we need a new story of self and society

      It’s one of the defining themes of our times: More and more people losing trust in institutions. However, maybe we should talk more about the flip side of the coin: Are institutions trusting people enough? That’s the core premise of this essay. It calls for a change in perspective: «Those in positions of power need to see that people are neither Subjects nor Consumers. We are Citizens.»

      From Weekly Filet #412, in October 2022.

        No Sex for You

        The metaverse, as imagined by the prudish norms of big tech, will be a world without sex («where adulthood is merely a matter of conference rooms»). An insightful, but most of all: supremely entertaining read.

        From Weekly Filet #412, in October 2022.

          We don’t have a hundred biases, we have the wrong model

          Learning about cognitive biases — the dozens, hundreds of them — is always satisfying. It feels like you’ve uncovered a hidden secret that powers human behaviour, and knowing them will help you avoid making biased judgements. Which made this take especially refreshing — what if they aren’t biases, but our entire model of rational behaviour is wrong?

          From Weekly Filet #411, in September 2022.

            A Matter of Degrees — What Can I Do?

            When talking about the climate crisis, asking what each and every one of us can do is tricky. We don’t want to be distracted from the systemic issues at the heart of the crisis (as BP wanted when they popularised the concept of the «carbon footprint»). Then again, individual actions matter and we can all do better. In a three-part series on their podcast, Leah Stokes and Katharine Wilkinson approach the question with just the right balance, with curiosity and intellectual rigour, to provide us with actionable advice.

            From Weekly Filet #411, in September 2022.