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Articles I liked from the week of June 19th, 2016.

  1. Harvesting Predictability | 7goldfishThe difficulty of predicting things is, like many human endeavors, intuitively viewed with a competitive model. We only really give credit to people for…
    A nice inversion of the usual, "Getting paid to take risks".
  2. Why Do the Poor Make Such Poor Decisions? — Utopia for RealistsWhy Do the Poor Make Such Poor Decisions? Our efforts to combat poverty are often based on a misconception: that the poor must pull themselves up out of the…
    Combine chronic stress, increased cognitive load, and an environment that forces you to make a lot of highly consequential decisions and you will perform poorly too.
  3. wrttn:04af1aInstitutional memory and reverse smuggling Institutional memory comes in two forms: people and documentation. People remember how things work and why. Sometimes…
    This reads like a satire of corporate bureaucracy but I found it totally believable.

  1. Our Overrated Inner SelfIn the 1970s, the cultural critic Lionel Trilling encouraged us to take seriously the distinction between sincerity and authenticity. Sincerity, he said,…
  2. Blockchain Company's Smart Contracts Were DumbEthereum founder Vitalik Buterin is pretty much all I've got, sorry. Photographer: John Phillips Print Matt Levine is a Bloomberg View columnist writing about…
    The lack of complete and total specification in contracts is a feature not a bug.

  1. Technology Rig: The Birth of TragedyThe death of Greek tragedy left a great void whose effects were felt profoundly, far and wide; as once Greek sailors in Tiberius' time heard the distressing cry…

  1. The Principia MisanthropicaLet’s recap. In the beginning, people were mostly unhappy, but not too unhappy about being unhappy. They hunted, they gathered, and when unpleasant things (such…
    🔑🔑🔑🔑 A summary of the last five years of Ribbonfarm in satiric format.
  2. A game of consequences - Charlie's DiaryThere's an old saying that only two things are unavoidable: death and taxes. I think this is wrong—the two unavoidable things are politics, and it's…
    There is no exit in space, only voice.