The Weekly Filet brings you the five best links of the week, every Friday. Making sense of the big issues of our time (with a healthy dose of serendipity and nerdiness). Curated by journalist David Bauer.

Khaby Lame, the Everyman of the Internet

If you’re not on TikTok, you’ve probably never heard of him. If you are, it’s almost impossible not to know him. Within a year, Khaby went from being an unemployed factory worker to internet icon with more than 70 million followers. All thanks to a simple gesture (🙌, upside down). Who is he? Read now

Published in Weekly Filet #352

    How to Get Anyone to Do Anything

    How do you persuade people to do things you want them to do? Few people know better than psychologist Robert Cialdini, a pioneer in the science of persuasion and author of the 1984 classic Influence. In this conversation, we explains the six basic tactics — and why he added a seventh for the latest version of his book. Start listening now.

    Published in Weekly Filet #352

      The many heights of Mount Everest

      An episode from Vox’s Unexplainable podcast about something you absolutely don’t need to know, but definitely will want to know because it’s so fascinating: Why it’s nearly impossible to measure the exact height of the world’s highest mountain — and why there are at least three mountains on earth that, depending on how you measure, are higher than Mount Everest. Start listening now

      Published in Weekly Filet #352

        Ants 🐜

        Years ago, I read that for every human on earth, there are more than a million ants. A fact I can’t forget even if I tried. Now I learned something new: Ants — today’s epitome of collaboration — used to live and forage alone. However, since this newsletter is not called Fun facts to win a pub quiz with, don’t stop here and go read this beautiful personal essay that is both about ants and not at all about ants. Read it now

        Published in Weekly Filet #351

          Why do we need to know about progress if we are concerned about the world’s large problems?

          You often encounter this false dichotomy of either seeing the world through the lens of progress («Everything is getting better!») or the lens of deficits («So many things are still far from good!»). In this mission statement, Max Roser, founder of Our World In Data, explains how those lenses are inextricably linked. «If you care about problems you need to study progress. If you want to make progress you need to study problems.» Read it now

          Published in Weekly Filet #351

            Talk Therapy with Alex Lieberman

            The world needs less success stories full of survivorship bias and hindsight bias, and more honest accounts of the struggle, of ambivalence and anxieties. Like this conversation with Alex Lieberman, who founded one of the most successful newsletter businesses and recently sold it for $75 million. Listen to it now

            Published in Weekly Filet #351

              The Tyranny Of Time

              A thought-provoking essay on time. What it is, what it isn’t, and what it does to us. Made me pause and think often, especially here: «Perfection is a manmade concept; nature is irregular.» Now’s the time to read it

              Published in Weekly Filet #351

                The Return of FOMO

                It’s a bit of a paradox: This pandemic made us miss out on so many things. And yet, as everyone else was missing out, too, that most quintessential feeling of my generation almost completely vanished: no Fear of Missing Out. Well, it’s coming back. This piece perfectly captures all the conflicting emotions «returning to normal» bring along. Don’t miss out, read it now

                Published in Weekly Filet #351