A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: October, 2019

Read : 2019-10-26

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Elizabeth Warren wants to remake American capitalism” (The Economist, 2019-10-24). The editors praise Warren’s concern for America’s middle class while casting doubt on her “faith in government as benign and effective” and her “vilification of business”.
  2. Comparison is the thief of joy“, by Steve Magness (The Passion Paradox, 2019-10-22). Goals and benchmarks can spur improvement. Coach Magness reminds us that by themselves, they can also hold us back. Remember the joy of the pursuit, and cultivate a warranted trust in yourself.
  3. Defending science in a post-fact era“, by Jill Radsken (The Harvard Gazette, 2019-10-22). Dr Naomi Oreskes, whose works has transitioned from geology to the history of science, shares her reflections on the scientific process and her experience sharing its merits with doubters.

    One interesting aspect of this article was, despite the presence of her own values and biases (sometimes bordering on élitism — see her comments on belligerent questions and her “Red State Pledge”), Dr Oreskes’s openness to critical questions (see her magnanimous interpretation of the belligerent question) and her passion for sharing her views in oft-shunned areas. Perhaps these qualities are big contributors to her clarity of thought and expression.


Articles on narcissism:

  1. How to tell if your friend is a narcissist“, by Christina Carè (Medium, 2018-11-15).
  2. 5 early warning signs that you are dealing with a narcissist“, by Jessie Monreal (Pysch Central, 2018-10-08).
  3. Narcissistic personality disorder“, by Melinda Smith (2019-06).
  4. 3 steps to identifying a narcissist“, by Bill Eddy (Psychology Today, 2018-08-01).

Read : 2019-10-22

Top articles:

  1. Snowden in the labyrinth“, by Jonathan Lethem (The New York Review of Books, 2019-10-24). A thoughtful analysis of and reflection on Edward Snowden’s memoir, “Permanent record”.

Other articles:

  1. History is made as Eliud Kipchoge becomes the first human to break the two-hour marathon barrier” (INEOS 1:59 Challenge, 2019-10-12).
  2. Marathon records test the limits of human physiology and shoe technology“, by Joshua Robinson (Wall Street Journal, 2019-10-13).
  3. Should consumers be able to sell their own personal data?“, by Christopher Tonetti & Cameron F. Kerry (Wall Street Journal, 2019-10-13).
  4. How ‘white guilt’ in the age of Trump shapes the Democratic primary“, by Astead W. Herndon (New York Times, 2019-10-13).
  5. Overlooked no more: Mitsuye Endo, a name linked to justice for Japanese-Americans“, by Stephanie Buck (New York Times, 2019-10-13).
  6. Extra time: how smart exercise keeps you younger for longer“, by Neil Tweedie (The Guardian, 2018-04-29).
  7. College volleyball rankings: The toughest tests left for the top teams“, by Michella Chester (NCAA, 2019-10-15). Baylor vs Texas. Twice.
  8. China weaponizes education to control Tibet“, by Ben Halder (OZY, 2019-10-16). Is Tibet the only place where this happens, and the Chinese government the only perpetrator? Are there not unnerving parallels to central control of education in other countries? perhaps yours?
  9. Dogs 101: Everything you should know about bathing your dog” (DogTime). Brush before bathing, use lukewarm water (dog skin is sensitive!), use dog shampoo (dog skin is sensitive!), rinse very very well, air dry, TREATS!!!
  10. Start your autonomous engines (Rivian vs. Cruise vs. Uber ATG“, by Michael Wenner (EquityZen, 2019-10-16). An overview of three companies involved with electric and autonomous vehicles.
  11. How to talk to a woman“, by John Gorman (Medium, 2018-01-29).
  12. Ordinary people focus on the outcome. Extraordinary people focus on the process.“, by Anthony Moore (Medium, 2018-08-28).
  13. 10 habits of consistently happy people“, by Anton Chevalier (Medium, 2019-04-08).

Math and science articles:

  1. Inherited learning? It happens, but how is uncertain“, by Viviane Callier (Quanta Magazine, 2019-10-16).
  2. With category theory, mathematics escapes from equality“, by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2019-10-10).
  3. Alexander Grothendieck (1928-2014)“, by David Mumford & John Tate (Nature, 2015-01-14). In memoriam.

On derived categories and infinity categories:

  1. The language of infinity-categories” (Kerodon).
  2. Emily Riehl” (Johns Hopkins University). Dr. Riehl’s home page.
  3. Lectures on infinity categories“, by Vladimir Hinich (arXiv, 2018-11-04).
  4. Understanding the derived infinity category“, by Akhil Mathew (Climbing Mount Bourbaki. 2012-07-14).
  5. Gabriel’s theorem and birational geometry“, by John Calabrese & Roberto Pirisi (2018-04-06).

Read : 2019-10-08

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The story of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and how the world looked the other way“, by Evan Ratliff (Insider, 2019-10-01).
  2. Nobel prize awarded for discoveries on how cells adapt to oxygen“, by Jordana Cepelewicz (Quanta Magazine, 2019-10-07).
  3. Nobel prize in physics awarded for cosmic discoveries“, by Michael Moyer & Natalie Wolchover (Quanta Magazine, 2019-10-08).

Read : 2019-10-01

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Diplomacy in the crossfire of Donald Trump’s impeachment battle” (The Economist, 2019-09-29).
  2. Kenenisa Bekele’s huge day at the Berlin Marathon“, by Martin Fritz Huber (Outside Online). In the men’s race, Bekele crosses the finish first in 2:01:41.
  3. Sara Hall runs massive PR in Berlin, takes 5th place“, by Roger Robinson (Runner’s World, 2019-09-29). In the women’s race, Ashete Bekere crosses the finish first in 2:20:14, 7 seconds ahead of Mare Dibaba. Sara Hall of the United States ran a monster PR with a 5th-place finish in 2:22:16.
  4. Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar banned 4 years for doping“, by Runner’s World Editors (Runner’s World, 2019-10-01). Salazar denies all accusations and plans to appeal.
  5. A historical look at Rice decathletes“, by Lance Phegley (Rice Owls, 2019-09-28).
  6. Disney investors are on edge but the growth story keeps getting better“, by Michael Henage (Seeking Alpha, 2019-10-01).
  7. Netflix has a 60% problem“, by Michael Henage (Seeking Alpha, 2019-09-30).