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Noahpinion • 7647 implied HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. The impact of technological innovation on human welfare depends on how society chooses to use these innovations, highlighting the importance of social decisions.
  2. The book discusses how power dynamics in society influence the choices made regarding technology, with recent decisions leaning towards negative impacts.
  3. Society can shape technology to distribute benefits more widely by focusing on inventions that complement workers instead of replacing them, presenting a controversial but essential concept.
The Convivial Society • 1147 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. Secularization has affected the dominant religion of technology, shifting cultural beliefs and values.
  2. The concept of the 'religion of technology' involves a deep entanglement of religious and techno-scientific elements over time.
  3. The religion of technology peaked in the 1939 New York World's Fair, exemplifying a moment of cultural dominance that has since waned.
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Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality • 38 implied HN points • 25 Feb 24
  1. Branko Milanovic discusses visions of inequality, highlighting the importance of technological and business-model research and development in market economies.
  2. Shifting expectations of Federal Reserve rate cuts reflect a debate about the impact of maniacal bubbles and policy near-neutrality in a balanced economy.
  3. The need for individuals to stay focused on reality outside media perceptions and the impact of lags in economic understanding discussed by Jeffrey Frankel supporting the idea that perceptions lag behind reality.
Wrong Side of History • 337 implied HN points • 24 Feb 24
  1. Visiting Auschwitz can be a haunting and unforgettable experience, leaving a profound impact on individuals.
  2. The portrayal of evil and the Holocaust in history can be overwhelming and psychologically challenging.
  3. The movie _The Zone of Interest_ offers a different perspective on the Holocaust, focusing on the mundane lives of individuals involved in immense atrocities.
The Chip Letter • 4224 implied HN points • 18 Feb 24
  1. Designs that were not commercially successful can still be interesting and hold value for learning.
  2. Intel's 8085 microprocessor, while not a bad design, was overshadowed by Zilog's Z80 due to lack of major improvements.
  3. Signetics 2650 microprocessor faced limitations such as delayed time to market and segmented memory, showing the importance of timely releases and memory efficiency.
Culture Study • 6809 implied HN points • 14 Feb 24
  1. Friendship used to be considered a vital part of life through history, becoming sidelined as marriage took priority in emotional connections.
  2. Modern ideals often emphasize a spouse also being a 'best friend', impacting how friendships are valued and maintained.
  3. Cultural norms and societal structures make it challenging to prioritize and nurture friendships over traditional family setups, but it's about understanding the possibilities and taking steps towards meaningful platonic connections.
Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality • 123 implied HN points • 24 Feb 24
  1. The classification and cultural appropriation of historical figures can be misleading and can lead to misconceptions about their identities.
  2. We must be cautious about labeling ancient civilizations as 'white guys' because it overlooks their true identities, leading to missed opportunities for learning and growth.
  3. It's important to recognize the alien nature of classical Greeks and Romans and not project modern ideologies onto them, acknowledging the differences to gain a deeper understanding.
Robert Reich • 16254 implied HN points • 04 Feb 24
  1. Organizing for difficult subjects in universities is essential to foster open dialogue and avoid polarization.
  2. Collaborative teaching with diverse perspectives can create a more enriching and open-minded learning environment for students.
  3. Approaching the conflict between Israel and Palestine with a sense of tragedy can help students understand the complexity and motivations behind the narratives of both sides.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss • 783 implied HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. The Tuskegee Airmen were groundbreaking African American military pilots who excelled in their roles despite facing discrimination. They proved their capabilities and earned numerous honors.
  2. Brigadier General Charles McGee, one of the Tuskegee Airmen, exemplified resilience, excellence, and selflessness throughout his military career, becoming an inspirational figure.
  3. The Tuskegee Airmen's story reflects the importance of unity, hard work, and shared values in overcoming challenges. Their achievements emphasize the significance of traditional values and meritocracy.
Kvetch • 24 implied HN points • 25 Feb 24
  1. The rise and fall of the Comanches as a people with their own unique culture and history, and how they clashed with other civilizations over vast lands in violent tribulations.
  2. The portrayal of the Comanche people in the historical epic _Comancheria_ will be morally complex, with a mix of heroes, villains, and grey areas, similar to other historical dramas like _Vikings_.
  3. The outlined episodes for the show _Comancheria_ will cover the rise of Comancheria, conflicts with other groups, interactions with historical figures like Robert Neighbors, Buffalo Soldiers, and events like the Chivington Massacre, providing a detailed and encompassing view of the Comanche history.
Experimental History • 20392 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. Randomized-controlled trials are a relatively recent method in the history of scientific evidence.
  2. Challenging old beliefs, such as trust in ancient gods like Zeus, can lead to important scientific advancements.
  3. There is a need for more transparency and accessibility in expert knowledge to earn public trust in institutions and experts.
Altered States of Monetary Consciousness • 325 implied HN points • 22 Feb 24
  1. The economy is not separate from the planet, but rather a part of it, with everything deriving from the ecological systems of Earth. This interconnectedness should be a foundational element of economic analysis.
  2. Products we see as separate entities are actually collections of human labor and resources from the planet, with objects being made up of multiple acts of labor combined with natural elements like sunlight, air, water, and food.
  3. The illusion of separation in the economy can hide exploitative practices and hinder our ability to make informed decisions, leading to disconnection, confusion, and alienation. Understanding these interconnected processes is crucial to developing a holistic view of the economy.
Animation Obsessive • 3138 implied HN points • 12 Feb 24
  1. During the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union, animators faced challenges adapting to life under capitalism with reduced state funding and support.
  2. Some animators, like Yuri Norstein and Priit Pärn, expressed struggles and concerns about the impact of financial censorship in the capitalist system on their artistic work.
  3. Countries like Estonia benefited from renewed state support for artists, resulting in a thriving animation community that continues to produce award-winning films.
The Upheaval • 1848 implied HN points • 15 Feb 24
  1. According to Confucius, the basics of governance consist of having enough armaments, food, and the trust of the common people.
  2. Confucius emphasizes that the trust of the people is the most crucial element for a state to stand, even above food and armaments.
  3. The modern political leaders seem to have forgotten these fundamental principles, failing to prioritize security, defense, and the trust of the common people.
Robert Reich • 26140 implied HN points • 11 Jan 24
  1. Trump's lawyer argued for immunity from criminal trial through impeachment, resembling the 1933 Enabling Law in Germany.
  2. American democracy is stronger than Weimar Republic's but caution is needed to protect it.
  3. Author highlights the importance of upholding democratic norms, media truth-telling, and citizen participation for safeguarding democracy.
read • 16116 implied HN points • 20 Jan 24
  1. Frequent-flier point programs were initially designed for occasional free flights, but evolved into turbo-charged schemes for travelers to earn points quickly.
  2. Weighing ingredients in cooking can make a big difference in recipes, especially in baked goods, where even small variations can impact the final texture and taste.
  3. During winter, composting slows down as decomposition rates decrease, signalling a time for compost piles to rest and wait for the warmer season for active decomposition.
The Chip Letter • 1689 implied HN points • 15 Feb 24
  1. IBM has had a significant impact on the development of computer systems over 100 years.
  2. IBM's influence extends to technologies like mainframes, personal computers, and databases.
  3. The history of IBM shows both positive contributions to technology and darker aspects like the association with controversial events.
Justin E. H. Smith's Hinternet • 570 implied HN points • 18 Feb 24
  1. The author reflects on their childhood fascination with the Beatles and their decision to stop listening to their music after 1965 due to a fear of the band's evolution.
  2. The author delves into a deep analysis of the Beatles' albums, particularly highlighting the transition from 'Rubber Soul' to 'Revolver' and the complexity of the songs.
  3. There's a discussion on the cultural and societal impact of music in the 1960s, especially how artists like the Beatles and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys brought avant-garde experimentation into mainstream commercial culture.
JoeBlogs • 2437 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Fame in baseball is based on recognition by many people, without judgment on worthiness.
  2. Different levels of fame scale in baseball include being a big-league starter (3), an All-Star (5), or an MVP candidate (7-8).
  3. Becoming a 9 or 10 on the fame scale in baseball often involves achievements, unique skills, force of personality, or charisma.
The Liberal Patriot • 1945 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. History provides lessons for today's political challenges, such as the impact of the New Left on Democrats in the past.
  2. There are similarities between the New Left of the 1960s and the new-New Left today, raising concerns for the anti-Trump coalition.
  3. Mainstream Democrats need to navigate ideological battles and focus on building a new Vital Center to preserve democracy and the American mission.
Bet On It • 120 implied HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. In a six-hour course, George Walsh covers the history and ideas of Judaism and Christianity with erudition and humor.
  2. The Judeo-Christian tradition explores the commonalities, divergences, and origins of these influential religions.
  3. Despite controversies and purges in philosophical circles, George Walsh's lectures from 1989 continue to inspire awe and admiration.
uTobian • 4952 implied HN points • 21 Jan 24
  1. In modern times, freedom is often associated with unrestrained passion, but the idea of freedom through personal restraint from ancient times is considered a better path to happiness and fulfillment.
  2. The writings of Niccolò Machiavelli marked a shift in the concept of freedom towards acknowledging human selfishness and focusing on political security through class conflict.
  3. The current crisis in science and medicine is prompting a reevaluation of the assumption that scientists and doctors are inherently virtuous, suggesting the need for reforms based on the idea that they may be motivated by greed and power.
Glenn Loury • 786 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. The reading list on Israel-Palestine conflict includes diverse perspectives and historical accounts from authors like Norman Finkelstein, Rashid Khalidi, and Benny Morris.
  2. The list delves into topics such as the historical roots of conflict, political dimensions, peace efforts, and the impact on Palestinian society.
  3. Authors like Avi Shlaim and Michael Oren provide insights into strategies, regional context, and key personalities during significant events like the Six-Day War.
JoeBlogs • 2712 implied HN points • 25 Jan 24
  1. The CASEY Award is a prestigious honor for baseball books, with a history dating back to 1983.
  2. MLB sponsorship for the CASEY Award could be beneficial in promoting baseball literature.
  3. The list of past CASEY Award winners showcases a diverse range of baseball books over the years.
The Common Reader • 318 implied HN points • 16 Feb 24
  1. Mozart was incredibly productive in his final year, composing a wide range of major works despite his young age and limited time.
  2. Vienna in 1791 was considered a musical paradise with wealthy households having their own orchestras, providing ample opportunities for composers like Mozart to thrive.
  3. Nobles and patrons played a crucial role in supporting composers like Haydn, Beethoven, and Mozart during this era of plenty in the music world.
Lucian Truscott Newsletter • 3891 implied HN points • 16 Jan 24
  1. The phrase 'I am a man' was used in a powerful civil rights march in 1968 led by Martin Luther King Jr. in support of Memphis sanitation workers.
  2. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous 'I've been to the mountaintop' speech showed his dedication to civil rights despite knowing he might die soon.
  3. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy led to the establishment of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a national holiday, promoting equality and civil rights.
Why is this interesting? • 965 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. The Hair Metal genre was saved by incorporating crime themes in music videos.
  2. Hair metal bands used crime-related narratives to stay relevant and attract mainstream success.
  3. The Hair Metal Crimewave videos helped to keep the genre around longer than expected by engaging audiences with grit and substance.
Archedelia • 1631 implied HN points • 30 Jan 24
  1. The nobility in an aristocratic society upholds standards that tie them to the common good, unlike meritocrats.
  2. Meritocrats are individuals who rely on intelligence and hard work for their position, without a sense of duty to sustain culture.
  3. The bourgeoisie, as described by François Furet, is defined by wealth and lacks a specific tradition or place in the community.
Sparks from Culture by David Roberts • 1179 implied HN points • 03 Feb 24
  1. Modern American capitalism has constrained many lives, leading to angst and a pursuit of more slow-paced lives.
  2. E.M. Forster's 'Howards End' explores the conflict between inner and outer ways of life, highlighting the impact of capitalism on personal relations and daily duties.
  3. There is resistance to hyper-capitalism in modern America, with a growing push for a slower life, nature, and emphasis on inner values.