The Intrinsic Perspective

The Intrinsic Perspective explores the intersection of science and humanities, tackling societal trends, technological impacts, and personal reflections. It critically examines social media, internet culture, aesthetics, conspiracy theories, publishing anxieties, artificial intelligence, writing quality on digital platforms, scientific integrity, and cultural predictions through essays, commentary, and podcast discussions.

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100547 implied HN points β€’ 27 Feb 24
  1. Generative AI is overwhelming the internet with low-quality, AI-generated content, polluting searches, pages, and feeds.
  2. Major platforms and media outlets are embracing AI-generated content for profit, contributing to the cultural pollution online.
  3. The rise of AI-generated children's content on platforms like YouTube is concerning, exposing young viewers to synthetic, incoherent videos.
24116 implied HN points β€’ 15 Feb 24
  1. Neuroscientist claims both presidential candidates show signs of shrinking prefrontal cortexes due to age-related cognitive decline.
  2. There is ongoing debate about the cognitive health of Joe Biden and Donald Trump, reflecting concerns about their ability to lead.
  3. Science suggests that aging impacts cognitive abilities, including executive functions, which are crucial for effective leadership roles.
4805 implied HN points β€’ 15 Mar 24
  1. AI data pollution in science is a concerning issue, with examples of common AI stock phrases being used in scientific literature without real contribution.
  2. AI language models outperformed human neuroscientists in predicting future neuroscientific results, raising questions on the importance of understanding linguistic modifications versus actual predictions.
  3. Literary magazine Guernica faced backlash after a controversial essay led to writers withdrawing pieces, staff resigning, and social media condemnation, stressing the importance of careful reading and understanding context.
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10335 implied HN points β€’ 23 Feb 24
  1. Recent AI models like GPT-4 and Sora are showing concerning failures in understanding basic concepts like physics and object permanence
  2. The AI industry's economics are being questioned due to the high costs involved in training large models, as well as the influence of major tech companies like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon in directing AI development
  3. The current AI industry landscape is seen as a flow of VC investment being funneled into a few major tech giants, raising fundamental questions about the industry's structure and sustainability
7343 implied HN points β€’ 01 Mar 24
  1. Cultural impact of novels is more than just sales figures; it's about influencing discourse and defining eras.
  2. Recent literary novels may have lacked the same level of cultural impact as those from previous decades like the 2010s.
  3. Novels like 'Normal People' by Sally Rooney were noted for their importance in millennial writing, but their cultural impact may have been less significant compared to previous literary giants.
5983 implied HN points β€’ 05 Mar 24
  1. Every era has its unique cultural norms that influence our life decisions; understanding and counterbalancing these norms can help in making personal choices.
  2. Choosing the less common path or the one opposite to what culture pushes may lead to personal growth and success, even if it feels challenging at first.
  3. Maintaining a balance between love and career decisions often involves navigating societal biases and personal priorities, requiring thoughtful introspection and contrarian thinking.
14053 implied HN points β€’ 25 Jan 24
  1. It's challenging to determine if our help is truly making a difference, like with sending aid to Africa.
  2. The effectiveness of interventions like distributing bed nets for malaria prevention in Africa is uncertain due to various factors like misuse.
  3. The academic literature on the impact of interventions like bed nets shows mixed results, making it difficult to confidently measure the lives saved.
6437 implied HN points β€’ 21 Feb 24
  1. Dancing is considered the number one treatment for depression.
  2. An over-intellectualized advice column is being hosted, encouraging engaging submissions on various topics.
  3. War spurs technological advancements in military weaponry, like the use of small drones in combat.
7525 implied HN points β€’ 13 Feb 24
  1. Writers often look up to their influences rather than trying to be completely different from them
  2. Identifying your greatest influences can help you understand the standards you strive to meet in your writing
  3. Having a unique style in writing is valuable amidst a world where many pieces sound similar
18314 implied HN points β€’ 09 Jul 23
  1. The internet's idea of a centralized 'town square' is no longer feasible due to fundamental differences in people's worldviews.
  2. When individuals have too much control over speech without oversight, it often leads to corruption and abuse of power.
  3. The rise of new platforms like Threads and shifts in social media dynamics reflect a fragmentation of the 'town square' into multiple platforms with differing moderation policies and user bases.
18042 implied HN points β€’ 09 Jun 23
  1. Conspiracy theories thrive in today's society due to declining trust in traditional institutions.
  2. Journalists promoting fake conspiracy theories for clicks diminishes overall skepticism and credibility.
  3. The UFO craze is influenced by government funding, key figures like Harry Reid, and media sensationalism, rather than substantial evidence.
6981 implied HN points β€’ 07 Aug 23
  1. Scientists accused of misconduct may face damaging consequences like losing their careers and facing lawsuits.
  2. Intent matters when judging data fabrication, and public condemnation is not always the best approach.
  3. Challenges arise when individuals expose scientific fraud by prominent researchers and face potential legal repercussions.
7343 implied HN points β€’ 07 Mar 23
  1. When famous writers switch to Substack, their writing often changes in quality and style.
  2. Traditional publishing involves a pipeline of manuscript workshops, agent and editor contributions that can shape a writer's work.
  3. Writing online on platforms like Substack demands more frequent and authentic output compared to industry standards.
4986 implied HN points β€’ 07 Feb 23
  1. The Intrinsic Podcast features casual conversations with rotating guests.
  2. The podcast is only available to paid subscribers on Substack.
  3. Guests discuss topics ranging from publishing in academia to weathering criticism online.