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Articles I liked from the week of June 12th, 2016.

  1. it tolls for theePeter Thiel’s assault on Gawker Media trudges onward . People at the company are putting on a brave face, and I hope they’re right to say that business will…
    A good critique of what the erosion of the subscriber base has done to journalism, and an interesting case for the "adversarial press".
  2. Lemons & Peaches: Understanding Adverse SelectionLast month I wrote about my list of favorite mental models . Perhaps my very favorite, and most commonly used, is adverse selection. There’s a reason for this:…
    A lot of people in my social media 'verse have been talking about adverse selection and what a great and useful mental model it is. Knowing the phenomenon exists is undeniably useful. But figuring out when you're setting yourself up for it, outside the standard lemon market case (sellers with more information than buyers), seems to involve a lot of metis. So, I'm not sure it works well as a general model.

  1. interfluidity » Epluribus unumMany of us understand and agree that the way you lose to terrorism is to cop to its premises in the way that you react to it. If ISIS or Al Qaeda want to claim…
  2. The Digital NIMBYPosted: June 10, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | “The landscape was always made by this sort of weird, uneasy collaboration between nature and…
    The digital world is increasingly reshaping the real world creating a new space for NIMBY politics.

  1. Raise the Crime RateIs it true that living in America has become riskier? In 2006, the political scientist Jacob Hacker published The Great Risk Shift , a progressive tract that…
    Our carceral state is shameful.
  2. The Real Secret of Youth Is Complexity - Issue 36: Aging - NautilusSimplicity, simplicity, simplicity!” Henry David Thoreau exhorted in his 1854 memoir Walden , in which he extolled the virtues of a “Spartan-like” life. Saint…
    Biological systems are more complex in younger organisms. They simplify through a combination of accumulated damage and habituation to the same set of chronic stressors. The simpler systems of older organisms are more fragile. TL;DR: do Tai-Chi