Setting time aside for reading

Ponder the following paragraph from The death of reading is threatening the soul:

at an average reading speed of 400 words per minute, it would take 417 hours in a year to read 200 books—less than the 608 hours the average American spends on social media, or the 1,642 hours watching TV. “Here’s the simple truth behind reading a lot of books,” says Quartz: “It’s not that hard. We have all the time we need. The scary part—the part we all ignore—is that we are too addicted, too weak, and too distracted to do what we all know is important.” Willpower alone is not enough, he says. We need to construct what he calls “a fortress of habits.”

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Departing AP reporter looks back at Venezuela's slide
If your news has been a bit too positive lately give this a read. See also Translating Venezuela’s political crisis into American terms to see just how much worse things could be in the US now.
The KKK started a branch just for women in the 1920s, and half a million joined
"If the WKKK was more successful in advancing their xenophobic agenda, it was because they were better than the men’s group at hiding their white supremacist mission behind a facade of social welfare."
110 N.F.L. Brains
"A neuropathologist has examined the brains of 111 N.F.L. players — and 110 were found to have C.T.E., the degenerative disease linked to repeated blows to the head." This study was enough to get a player working on a math PhD in the off-season to quit.
Sex-linked personality traits and stress: Emotional skills protect feminine women from stress but not feminine men
"Self-control protects masculine people from stress" / "Wellbeing protects both masculine and feminine people from stress." / "Emotionality protects feminine women from stress, but not feminine men."

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In Praise of Extreme Medicine
In response to an article talking about the lessons learned from unauthorized poop transplants - "I suspect that many of the so-called treatments are crazy but people do a lot of crazy things. It’s odd that we allow some crazy things and ban others—even more that the crazy things we allow are sometimes socially useless while the crazy things that we ban are sometimes socially valuable. The case for banning extreme sports, for example, is much stronger than the case for banning extreme medicine."
Dehumanization increases instrumental violence, but not moral violence
"ascribing reduced capacities for cognitive, experiential, and emotional states to victims predicted support for practices where victims are harmed to achieve instrumental goals, including sweatshop labor, animal experimentation, and drone strikes that result in civilian casualties, but not practices where harm is perceived as morally righteous, including capital punishment, killing in war, and drone strikes that kill terrorists."
A laboratory study of "everyday sadism"
"To the researchers’ surprise, the high scorers on sadism actually reported less pleasure after the killing than the non-sadists. Closer examination provided some explanation. Sadists reported lower pleasure across all the challenges, not just the killing. And those sadists that did the killing reported more pleasure than those who didn’t. “Sadists may use cruelty to compensate for a low baseline level of positive emotion,” the researchers said."

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand ...

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. They're either speaking or preparing to speak. They're filtering everything through their own paradigms, reading their autobiography into other people's lives. - Stephen Covey


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