Good Saturday morn. All week long, I save my favorite long form pieces. Pull up a chair, and settle in for the weekend reads:

•  The $13 Billion Mystery Angels: How to secretly give billions away anonymously  (Businessweek)
• Sonic Boom: How digital technology is transforming our relationship with sound (The Atlantic)
• Neuroaesthetics: Researchers unravel the biology of beauty and art. (The Scientist)
• Is This How We’ll Cure Cancer? (Forbes) see also Cancer ‘Miracle’ Patients Studied Anew for Disease Clues (Bloomberg)
• The Wizard of Minecraft: Meet Gaming’s Biggest Rockstar, Notch (Rolling Stone)
• Steven Pinker’s history of thought: What could be more interesting than how the mind works? (Harvard Gazette)
• Alan Guth: What made the Big Bang bang Nearly 35 years ago, the MIT physicist figured out what made the Big Bang bang. Finally, there’s evidence. (Boston Globe)
• The NBA’s Improbable Pipeline: How alumni from tiny Emerson college infiltrated pro basketball’s front offices (SB Nation)
• Are butter, cheese and steak really bad for you? The history of the anti-fat crusade (WSJ) see also Who owns Chicken Tikka Masala? (Roads and Kingdoms)
• The Obsessive Curator of the Internet: Jason Hirschhorn (Priceonomics)

Whats for brunch?


America’s Mobility Problem Is Real

Source: MSNBC


Category: Financial Press

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6 Responses to “10 Weekend Reads”

  1. Bob is still unemployed   says:

    The rise of vagueness as a service (

    An article somewhat about approximating something to do with a new trend. Maybe.

  2. formerlawyer says:

    I am not certain if this has been posted, if so I apologize:

    How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF’s Housing Crisis Explained)

  3. theexpertisin says:

    I thought saturated fat as a cause of heart disease was settled science. I’ll bet 97 out of 100 nutritionists writing articles on a grant stipend expressed agreement.

    I wonder what other settled science remains to be debunked?

    • Adam Jones says:

      I’d bet a lot of it will be debunked.

      In the meantime, we should probably ignore current science because, you know, future science.

  4. RW says:

    This column will change your life: hindsight – it’s not just for past events (ht WCEG)

    …hindsight… doesn’t just make things look different; it makes them look so utterly different that it’s impossible, when taking a decision in the moment, even to begin to grasp how it’ll strike you later on…. [A] technique… invented by the psychologist Gary Klein, and which Daniel Kahneman, his Nobel-winning colleague, describes as his favourite method for making better decisions… the “premortem”…. Imagine yourself in the future, after the project you’re considering has ended in spectacular failure…. You’re screwed. Everything went as badly as you could have feared. Now: why? Asking the question this way, Klein explains, has an almost magical effect….

    NB: An important distinction between the logic of ideologues and fools (but perhaps I repeat myself) and the logic of science is the ability to mark beliefs to market or, to take it even one step further, anticipate what you would believe if whatever ‘market’ you were analyzing behaved very differently than you believed it would.

  5. RW says:

    Correlation and causation are not the same but they can rhyme and even suggest something substantive now and then. OTOH

    Spurious Correlations

    Divorce rate in Maine
    correlates with
    Per capita consumption of margarine (US)

    Per capita consumption of cheese (US)
    correlates with
    Number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheets

    Divorce rate in Mississippi
    correlates with
    Murders by bodily force