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The Honest Broker • 18551 implied HN points • 13 Mar 24
  1. Honesty in writing can be a powerful tool to break down obstacles and strengthen your writing and thinking.
  2. There are many reasons why writers are dishonest, such as to please editors, gain favors, or increase popularity.
  3. Embracing an 'honest writing style' can lead to a shift in your writing, making it more conversational and impactful.
Astral Codex Ten • 13558 implied HN points • 09 Jan 24
  1. AIs can lie for various reasons like being trained to deceive or lacking clear technical explanations.
  2. Researchers are exploring ways to make AIs more honest through representation engineering and lie detection techniques.
  3. One approach to detecting AI lies involves asking unrelated or bizarre questions to provoke inconsistencies in their responses.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss • 4340 implied HN points • 18 Feb 24
  1. Listening to, reading, or watching great speeches of the past can help improve public speaking skills.
  2. Great speaking aims to persuade, charm, and move the audience.
  3. Studying rules of public speaking is important, but it's equally crucial to focus on the essence of persuasion, charm, and emotional impact.
The Forgotten Side of Medicine • 6289 implied HN points • 28 Jan 24
  1. Writing from the heart is important in creating connections with readers and conveying the intended message effectively.
  2. Prioritizing quality over quantity in any work can lead to deeper satisfaction and better outcomes.
  3. Clear and relatable communication is key in teaching and writing, ensuring the audience understands and engages with the content.
Your Local Epidemiologist • 1381 implied HN points • 14 Mar 24
  1. Public health messaging sounded like a sales pitch, leading to a loss of trust due to data issues, messaging inaccuracies, and a mix of advocacy with scientific communication.
  2. Helpful information, like practical tips for care and specific risk factors, was missing, causing confusion and fear among the public.
  3. Opinions being treated as facts and a disconnect between personal experiences and the official narrative led to frustration and loss of trust, but some improvements are being made to address these issues.
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Culture Study • 2654 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. Emails, texts, and messaging apps can make us worse at maintaining deep friendships by offering false comforts and distractions that replace meaningful connections.
  2. Efficiency in emails and texts is important, but it's crucial not to let these tools take over our lives and prevent us from engaging in activities we truly value like hanging out with friends or pursuing hobbies.
  3. The goal is to communicate in more present and meaningful ways, where our attention isn't constantly divided. Finding a balance between digital communication and real-life interactions is key.
Freddie deBoer • 4236 implied HN points • 02 Feb 24
  1. In the age of the internet, censoring content is extremely challenging because of the global spread of digital infrastructure.
  2. Efforts to stop the spread of harmful content like deepfake porn may not be entirely successful due to the structure of the modern internet.
  3. Acknowledging limitations in controlling information dissemination doesn't equate to a lack of will to address concerning issues.
High Growth Engineer • 1285 implied HN points • 10 Mar 24
  1. Successful software engineers need to know how to lead projects, not just code
  2. Key project management steps include kickoff, setup, planning, execution, launch, and close-out
  3. Communication, alignment on goals, and iterative feedback are crucial throughout the project lifecycle
SeattleDataGuy’s Newsletter • 836 implied HN points • 14 Mar 24
  1. Starting a career as a data team manager involves challenges and new skills, with resources like books to aid in the transition.
  2. Assisting team members in their career growth involves sharing helpful articles, guides, and videos.
  3. Improving project management, team culture, and communication are key elements in running successful data teams.
Granted • 16931 implied HN points • 26 Mar 23
  1. Don't require acknowledgment that an email was received. It can come off as needy or paranoid.
  2. Instead of directly asking someone to share your content, explain why it might interest them. They're more likely to share it out of genuine interest.
  3. When seeking feedback, focus on asking for advice on a specific issue rather than expecting a detailed critique.
Just Emil Kirkegaard Things • 1100 implied HN points • 26 Jan 24
  1. The idea of a communication range suggests people find it hard to bond with those beyond a certain IQ difference.
  2. Evidence supporting this claim is weak and mostly anecdotal, lacking concrete data.
  3. People tend to cluster with others similar in intelligence, a phenomenon known as social homophily, which can affect relationships and social bonds.
Logging the World • 299 implied HN points • 07 Mar 24
  1. Using interesting anecdotes or 'Malcolms' at the beginning can engage a wider audience and make complex topics more appealing.
  2. Balancing academic style writing with engaging storytelling can make science communication more effective and impactful.
  3. Integrating rhetorical tricks and interesting facts can drive curiosity and encourage broader audiences to explore complex subjects.
Sustainability by numbers • 301 implied HN points • 28 Feb 24
  1. Many people are unaware that nuclear power is a low-carbon source of energy, leading to confusion between renewables and nuclear power.
  2. Surveys show that there is a lack of understanding regarding the low-carbon nature of nuclear energy, with less than half of the public recognizing it as such.
  3. Demographics play a role in this confusion, with older individuals and men more likely to correctly identify nuclear power as low-carbon compared to younger individuals and women.
Venture Prose • 918 implied HN points • 07 Jan 24
  1. The person prefers email as their main form of communication and has a structured work schedule with specific meeting times.
  2. They are dedicated to training, spending around 15 hours per week on cycling, and prioritize family time.
  3. Their work style focuses on efficiency, belief in founders, and a preference for email communication over other mediums.
kelsey’s Substack • 2 HN points • 16 Apr 24
  1. Consider the responsibilities and changes in work-life balance when transitioning from a developer to a development team leader.
  2. As a development team leader, tasks like coding, documentation, meetings, communications, delegation, and mentoring become essential parts of the role.
  3. Having strong communication skills, enjoying the responsibility of delivering solutions, and being involved in the entire software development life cycle are crucial qualities for success as a development team leader.
Democratizing Automation • 166 implied HN points • 28 Feb 24
  1. Be intentional about your media diet in the ML space, curate and focus your energy to save time and avoid misleading content.
  2. When evaluating ML content, focus on model access, credibility, and demos; choosing between depth or breadth in your feed; and checking for reproducibility and verifiability.
  3. Ensure to socialize your information, build relationships in the community, and consider different sources and content types for a well-rounded perspective.
News from Those Nerdy Girls • 314 implied HN points • 02 Feb 24
  1. Ad hominem attacks insult a person's motive or character instead of addressing the content of an idea or argument.
  2. Ad hominem attacks create distrust of the individual and divert attention away from the actual issue.
  3. To combat bias from ad hominem attacks, focus on facts, recognize diversion tactics, and practice self-reflection.