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Reinhart Koselleck’s theory of history for a world in crisis

Reinhart Koselleck’s theory of history for a world in crisis “According to Koselleck, three basic oppositions structure all historical experience. Every possible history is conditioned, first, by before and after, for example the anthropological span between birth and death that makes each life singular and part of a shared experience distinct from other generations, times […]

The Paradoxical Role of Social Capital in the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Paradoxical Role of Social Capital in the Coronavirus Pandemic “In the King James Version (known to us all from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”) the angels proclaim, “On earth peace, goodwill toward men.” Other translations, in more militant Bibles, render the Greek phrase as “Peace on earth to men of goodwill.” Very much like the […]

Catfish Stew Reanimation

Catfish Stew Reanimation from Ken Arneson

The Paradox of Individualism and Hierarchy

The Paradox of Individualism and Hierarchy “Hierarchy is an organizational tool that comes with both benefits and costs. The benefit is that hierarchy is a potent way of organizing large groups. By concentrating power, hierarchical groups can act cohesively in ways that egalitarian groups cannot. (For details, see Peter Turchin’s book Ultrasociety.) This cohesiveness is […]

It’s Time To Abolish Single-Family Zoning

It’s Time To Abolish Single-Family Zoning The suburbs depend on federal subsidies. Is that conservative? […] In fact, the conservative thing for suburban leaders to do here is to not wait for the federal government to tempt us with more handouts, but to go ahead and show those progressives running the big cities that we […]

War over being nice

War over being nice “Most people don’t have the skills to both express their feelings of frustration and anger, and make sure social harmony is maintained at the same time. In this case, do they err on the side of maintaining social harmony at the cost of their own needs? Or do they get their […]

Wait, what? Sense-making & sense-breaking in modern art

Wait, what? Sense-making & sense-breaking in modern art “If we take the predictive processing model as our most-accurate-yet description of how cognition works, we gain insight into how a piece of art or literary text (for example) interacts with our sensory and analytical systems. We gain a vocabulary for talking about what a “schema,” or […]

Vimeo: Black Lives Matter – Alameda Protest and Car March

Black Lives Matter – Alameda Protest and Car March Maurice Ramirez

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You're about to spend the next 25 minutes watching a guy solve a Sudoku. Not only that, but it's going to be the highlight of your day.https://t.co/gnuI31x0PT — Ben Orlin (@benorlin) May 17, 2020 via https://twitter.com/benorlin

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I read somewhere that people with anxiety LOVE rewatching old tv shows and movies they have seen millions of times bc there is no ounce of anxiety in wondering what the end result is. Now I know why I prefer to rewatch than start something new😅 — ☕️ (@overlyorganic) May 7, 2020 via https://twitter.com/overlyorganic

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When Sweden play Denmark the scoreboard says SWE-DEN and the unused letters from both teams spell out Denmark https://t.co/6cqDMINTDQ — Ben (@CitysEra) May 5, 2020 via https://twitter.com/CitysEra

50 years off-grid: architect-maker paradise amid NorCal redwoods

50 years off-grid: architect-maker paradise amid NorCal redwoods April 26, 2020 at 06:57AM

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I've been reflecting on what the most surprising learnings I've had, working at well-known tech "unicorns" like Skype, Skyscanner, Uber. Here is a list, as I'm writing up these reflections in more detail. pic.twitter.com/KZzuTOu8nV — Gergely Orosz (@GergelyOrosz) April 26, 2020 via https://twitter.com/GergelyOrosz

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Basketball as therapy for Parkinson's disease. Why does this work? Nobody really knows. All of our best answers to date fall short. Hey @NBA or @nbacares, wanna help us figure this out? pic.twitter.com/VjlOlNPuIX — Benjamin Stecher (@Neuronologist1) April 25, 2020 via https://twitter.com/Neuronologist1

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Within the first sentence of “The Stranger,” two subtle and seemingly minor translation decisions have the power to change the way we read everything that follows. https://t.co/D5gQt5lYks — The New Yorker (@NewYorker) June 8, 2020 via https://twitter.com/NewYorker

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We just launched #8cantwait, a campaign to get Mayors across the country to immediately adopt these 8 use of force policy restrictions that can reduce police violence by to 72%. Check it out at https://t.co/myfBGwQRhT. Let’s talk about why this matters. (1/x) pic.twitter.com/EMAUCbPQHY — Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) June 3, 2020 via https://twitter.com/samswey

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It is empty when politicians call for healing and peace without stating antiracist policies they want to institute. Words bring momentary healing and peace. Policy change brings lasting healing and peace by rooting out the racism suffocating so many people. We want to breathe. — Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) June 3, 2020 via https://twitter.com/DrIbram

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How to Actually Fix America's Police In a long op-ed in @TheAtlantic, my co-authors and I provide an extensive roadmap for police reform at the federal, state, and local level.https://t.co/iaJ4LkisoU — Seth Stoughton (@PoliceLawProf) June 3, 2020 via https://twitter.com/PoliceLawProf

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Race science is not just a pseudoscience, it is the intellectual framework upon which our modern-day racial categories are built. It underpins the structural racism of our institutions. It is the toxin inside our minds, and the minds of too many of our leaders. — Angela Saini (@AngelaDSaini) June 3, 2020 via https://twitter.com/AngelaDSaini

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There are known strategies to reduce police violence. In the past, the federal government has been empowered to investigate local departments and force them to adopt these strategies and reform. It works: when they do, police shootings go way down. https://t.co/QaKuX8sI0K — Rob Arthur (@No_Little_Plans) June 1, 2020 via https://twitter.com/No_Little_Plans