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read β€’ 4894 implied HN points β€’ 10 Feb 24
  1. Nominees with great performances in multiple roles can lead to extra praise, known as the double exposure effect.
  2. Mustard packaging has a rich history dating back centuries, with brands like Grey Poupon and Maille showcasing timeless design.
  3. Neptune's true color is not actually blue as previously thought, but a milky, unmemorable interstellar cataract, challenging our perceptions.
Experimental History β€’ 19425 implied HN points β€’ 16 Jan 24
  1. Making a living on the internet doesn't have to involve creating 'slop' content like clickbait or scams.
  2. Success online can come from creating honest, original, and interesting content that people genuinely enjoy and share.
  3. Supporting creators financially for content you enjoy can help create a better internet ecosystem and encourage more quality content.
read β€’ 16116 implied HN points β€’ 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.
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The Forgotten Side of Medicine β€’ 8824 implied HN points β€’ 12 Jan 24
  1. The author dissects a modern vaccine propaganda piece and reveals tactics used to defend unchallenged arguments.
  2. Peter Hotez is highlighted as drawing the ire of the vaccine safety community by defending the vaccine narrative and attacking critics.
  3. Hotez's suggestions to silence opposition and his rhetoric are critiqued for their implications on free speech and public debate.
uTobian β€’ 4952 implied HN points β€’ 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 NiccolΓ² 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.
ideassleepfuriously β€’ 2122 implied HN points β€’ 01 Feb 24
  1. The article criticizes a hit piece on Aporia Magazine by The Guardian for associating the magazine with scientific racism and attacking anti-woke activist Chris Rufo.
  2. The piece points out the tactic of using experts to lend authority to playground insults, such as labeling Aporia as 'seriously nasty' and 'scientific racist'.
  3. The article highlights the tactic of quoting out of context, like criticizing statements about racial differences in intelligence, without actually refuting the claims.
The Vajenda β€’ 3734 implied HN points β€’ 23 Jan 24
  1. The menstrual cycle is a unique and vital aspect of human biology.
  2. Historically, female physiology has been viewed as inferior, leading to inadequate research and medical care for those who menstruate.
  3. Education and knowledge about menstruation are crucial to combat misinformation and empower individuals to advocate for their health.
Alexander News Network -Dr. Paul Elias Alexander's substack β€’ 511 implied HN points β€’ 11 Feb 24
  1. Trump initially against lockdowns and vaccines, now supporting them. Needs to address why he shifted his stance.
  2. Dr. Malone, an advocate of mRNA technology, faced criticism for supporting vaccines based on his technology but then going against them. People question his credibility.
  3. Both Trump and Malone need to address their inconsistencies and the public's distrust towards their actions and statements.
Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality β€’ 123 implied HN points β€’ 19 Feb 24
  1. In the past, social networks largely determined who you were, but in modern times, you have the power to choose your own social network and reinvent yourself.
  2. With the rise of modern economic growth after 1870, the pace of change accelerated, leading to the disappearance of many traditional social roles and the need for individuals to adapt and choose new paths.
  3. Loneliness and totalitarianism can arise from the disconnection and lack of common experience in modern societies, with anger and desperation fueling negative solidarity, leading to negative consequences.
Heterodox STEM β€’ 270 implied HN points β€’ 11 Feb 24
  1. STEM education is facing challenges with the introduction of ideologies like 'Indigenous science', leading to a shift in traditional approaches.
  2. University environments are becoming increasingly focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion, which can sometimes lead to conflict with academic freedom and rational discourse.
  3. There is a concern among some STEM professors about the impact of ideological pressures on teaching quality, mental health, and innovation within academic environments.
rebelwisdom β€’ 1002 implied HN points β€’ 12 Jan 24
  1. 2024 is a year with significant democratic elections worldwide, highlighting a growing apathy and distrust in the democratic process.
  2. The tension between centralized control and decentralized, regenerative movements is intensifying, leading to a clash of ideologies and perspectives in society.
  3. There is a growing movement towards seeking new ways of being and thinking, challenging existing structures and norms in society.
The DisInformation Chronicle β€’ 630 implied HN points β€’ 19 Jan 24
  1. A Chinese researcher who mapped the COVID virus was on Fauci's payroll before China released the sequence.
  2. Questions arise about NIH funding in China and the timeline of understanding COVID.
  3. The Chinese researcher's initial virus sequence wasn't published but was similar to later ones.
Matt Ehret's Insights β€’ 157 implied HN points β€’ 07 Feb 24
  1. Mark Solar and Matthew Ehret debated spiritual vs materialistic theories of science
  2. They discussed whether modern science allows for a spiritual substrate guiding everything
  3. The debate also touched on the existence of meaning in the universe and the nature of mind in relation to the universe
The Frontier Psychiatrists β€’ 117 implied HN points β€’ 08 Feb 24
  1. Bupropion is a versatile antidepressant with different brand names for various uses like depression, smoking cessation, and weight loss.
  2. Bupropion works differently than most antidepressants by affecting dopamine and norepinephrine, leading to no sexual side effects.
  3. Through meta-analysis, studies have shown that Bupropion is more effective than a placebo in treating depression.
SCIENCE GODDESS β€’ 98 implied HN points β€’ 09 Feb 24
  1. Crochet Coral Reef project combines art, craft, and STEM to engage people in science communication
  2. Bias against material play and embodied cognition can hinder funding for alternative STEM engagement methods
  3. Using hands-on activities like crocheting can help make math and science more accessible and engaging for a wider audience
ideassleepfuriously β€’ 137 implied HN points β€’ 05 Feb 24
  1. Yiting Chen's research shows that GPT is rational in making budgetary decisions.
  2. Anna Krylov and Jay Tanzman highlight how critical social justice impacts scientific publishing negatively.
  3. David Buss's study suggests that there are differences in jealousy between men and women based on evolutionary psychology.
Range Widely β€’ 1002 implied HN points β€’ 19 Dec 23
  1. The awards featured various categories like Best Quote for One's Own Obituary and Best Nobel/Olympic Family.
  2. Interesting fact shared about the empty space in atoms: if atom nucleus was the size of a tennis ball, the electron would be orbiting in New Jersey.
  3. Fascinating insights on different topics, from Saxon riddles to Nobel Prize connections, were shared in the post.
The David Charles Newsletter β€’ 137 implied HN points β€’ 02 Feb 24
  1. Using chance to reduce decision fatigue can be compelling and make productivity playful.
  2. Sometimes, when stuck on good options or feeling overwhelmed, using a random choice method like rolling a die can help move forward without second-guessing.
  3. Taking a break or sabbatical from obligations, like writing, can create space for new opportunities and growth.
Material World β€’ 164 implied HN points β€’ 30 Jan 24
  1. There is a wide range of reading materials available to delve deeper into the topics discussed in the book.
  2. Various books and resources are recommended for exploring different aspects of material science, such as sand, salt, iron, copper, oil, and lithium.
  3. Authors and specific books are highlighted as excellent starting points for those interested in learning more about specific material-related subjects.
Paola Writes β€’ 471 implied HN points β€’ 07 Jan 24
  1. Intelligence comes in various forms beyond traditional measures like logical-mathematical or linguistic-verbal.
  2. The definition of human intelligence can be complex, with factors like motivation and self-awareness playing a role.
  3. Efficiency in gaining skills may be a significant factor in measuring intelligence, but human intelligence is complex and cannot be solely defined by efficiency.