Venkatesh Rao on ranting about "broken" systems

The whole thread is worth reading.

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Does Apologizing Work? An Empirical Test of the Conventional Wisdom
"Overall, the evidence suggests that when a prominent figure apologizes for a controversial statement, the public is either unaffected or becomes more likely to desire that the individual be punished."
Flying first class on a single domestic round trip can contribute more greenhouse gas emissions than a year of driving
"The average annual carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per occupant of a light-duty vehicle (7,958 pounds) are about the same as the emissions per passenger from a round trip from San Diego to Frankfurt flying economy class (7,938 pounds), or from a round trip from Atlanta to Los Angeles flying first class (2,646 pounds times 3 equals 7,938 pounds)."
No funding for uncomfortable results
"In 1997 Latanya Sweeney dramatically demonstrated that supposedly anonymized data was not anonymous. ... In her paper Only You, Your Doctor, and Many Others May Know Sweeney says that her research was unwelcome. Over 20 journals turned down her paper on the Weld study, and nobody wanted to fund privacy research that might reach uncomfortable conclusions."

Vaclav Havel on learning to wait

Found this quote by Vaclav Havel (famed for his role in the collapse of communism in Czechoslovakia) hidden in Thinking in Systems:

I realize with fright that my impatience for the re-establishment of democracy had something almost communist in it; or, more generally, something rationalist. I had wanted to make history move ahead in the same way that a child pulls on a plant to make it grow more quickly.

I believe we must learn to wait as we learn to create. We have to patiently sow the seeds, assiduously water the earth where they are sown and give the plants the time that is their own. One cannot fool a plant any more than one can fool history.

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Why a Government Lawyer Argued Against Giving Immigrant Kids Toothbrushes
Was a bit surprised to learn that the case that's recently been in the news was filed in the Obama-era, something that I don't think many people are likely to be aware of from the event's media coverage. And then there's using locations formerly used as Japanese internment camps ... also used in the Obama-era. There are many reasons to dislike Trump, but the inaccurate conclusions that people are likely to draw from a lot of media coverage are a great way to rally support for Trump and enable him to get away with other things.
A New Trial Of An Ancient Rhetorical Trick Finds It Can Make You Wiser
Have gotten flack for this sort of thing before: "you should adopt an ancient rhetorical method favoured by the likes of Julius Caesar and known as “illeism” – or speaking about yourself in the third person ... A bulk of research has already shown that this kind of third-person thinking can temporarily improve decision making. Now a preprint at PsyArxiv finds that it can also bring long-term benefits to thinking and emotional regulation."
World Publics Welcome Global Trade — But Not Immigration
From 2007: "In both affluent countries in the West and in the developing world, people are concerned about immigration. Large majorities in nearly every country surveyed express the view that there should be greater restriction of immigration and tighter control of their country’s borders."

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