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372 implied HN points 14 Sep 23
  1. Technology has significant effects on language evolution and communication, impacting knowledge transmission and cultural dynamics.
  2. The adaptability and flexibility of languages like Chinese and English contribute to their success and widespread adoption.
  3. Understanding the power dynamics of language, literacy, and communication is crucial for effective negotiation and societal progress.
251 implied HN points 21 Sep 23
  1. Geography is about the relationships between people and the land they live on.
  2. Maps are powerful tools used to convey power and influence.
  3. Mapmaking is influenced by subjective knowledge and various factors like politics and beliefs.
17 implied HN points 21 Feb 24
  1. Finger length ratios can be linked to exposure to testosterone in the womb and may have correlations with autism, left-handedness, dyslexia, and other brain-related traits.
  2. Research into the fetal origins of adult disease suggests that fetuses optimize development for short-term gains, potentially leading to long-term health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
  3. Evidence from studies on animal brains and organs in different dietary environments supports the hypothesis that early life conditions can have lasting impacts on health, with implications for public health strategies.
17 implied HN points 22 Jan 24
  1. Crime can be seen as the negative of the law and involves strategic decision-making.
  2. Desperation can lead to breaking laws for survival, showcasing a range of strategies to cope.
  3. Studying criminal strategies can provide insights that are applicable to legal and acceptable actions.
43 implied HN points 21 Apr 23
  1. The post discusses the relationship between human and non-human entities in the context of philosophy and strategy.
  2. Individuals running companies and organizations are influenced by philosophy, guiding decision-making and strategy.
  3. Philosophical concepts such as consciousness, free will, morality, and value play a crucial role in strategy and decision-making.
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26 implied HN points 22 May 23
  1. Data is valuable, but not the only answer - combining mysteries, facts, and numbers leads to better understanding.
  2. Using historical data for predictions can be risky - correlation does not always imply causation.
  3. Human evolution is ongoing - recent studies show an acceleration in mutations due to environmental changes.
34 implied HN points 06 Feb 23
  1. Buy-now-pay-later companies are focusing on enhancing overall shopping experiences beyond just payment options.
  2. In a time of stagflation, businesses may pass cost increases to customers, resort to shrinkflation, or seek efficiency gains to mitigate rising costs.
  3. Animals like cats use reflective tissue layers in their eyes to enhance vision at night, a strategy that can be applied to materials for light absorption.
26 implied HN points 26 Apr 23
  1. Product extensions can be innovative and unexpected, like maple syrup on salad.
  2. Embrace positivity and make the most of sunny days.
  3. Prepare for unpredictable weather by dressing appropriately, even in late April.
26 implied HN points 24 Apr 23
  1. Language is a key element that distinguishes humans from other species and plays a vital role in human history.
  2. The study of the survival and extinction of languages over time reveals the impact of demographics, empire-building, and technological change.
  3. Reviving a dying language involves various strategies such as language nests, support from institutions, political action, and technology.
26 implied HN points 06 Mar 23
  1. Malaysia uses clear signage to convey messages effectively.
  2. Motorcycle drivers in Malaysia invent new lanes due to congested highways.
  3. Malaysia's street art scene, especially the use of optical illusions, brings a smile to people's faces.
17 implied HN points 03 May 23
  1. Notes is a new space on Substack for sharing ideas, links, and more.
  2. Subscribers to The Strategy Toolkit can automatically see notes by heading to
  3. Writers and readers join Substack Notes for dialogue, alternative to social media, and creating a positive space.
8 implied HN points 21 Jul 23
  1. Laughter may serve a strategic purpose, including masking other emotions like anger.
  2. Evolutionary biologists study laughter to understand human behavior in incongruous situations and for social communication.
  3. The process of natural selection is likened to a startup's product development, evolving over time like an MVP.
8 implied HN points 22 Jun 23
  1. Species use strategic behaviors for reproduction.
  2. Evolutionary stable strategies result in competitive balance among populations.
  3. Different species exhibit varied mating strategies for reproductive success.
8 implied HN points 27 Feb 23
  1. Major world faiths are defined by the number of adherents or followers.
  2. Some factors that define major world faiths include longevity and geographic distribution.
  3. Each major faith emerged to meet deep societal needs and exhibited flexibility for survival.