How to succeed by definitely not trying

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RULE ONE: No Speeding!

When people rush mitsakes get made. No matter how important things seem to the person on the other side of the service counter, Do Not…

Why industry must change in a way few have yet realized

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As the world slowly begins to unwind from eighteen months of media-induced coronapanic, the world’s automobile manufacturers are discovering they are unable to make as many vehicles as customers want to buy. For popular models such as the new Ford Bronco, estimated delivery dates have slipped by more than a year, and for less popular models there are no delivery dates available because the manufacturers are prioritizing their most profitable vehicles and suspending production of other models.

Worldwide, the gap between desired production levels and feasible production levels in 2021 is being estimated at between 5 million and 9 million…

Why do we write, and what do we want to accomplish?

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Anyone who’s spent a few minutes on Medium will likely have discovered there’s a genre in which writers discuss how to make money publishing articles here. Tips and tricks are enumerated, encouragement is given. And that’s all well and good, but it presupposed the main purpose of writing is to generate revenue.

If one is a professional writer then of course by definition the product is intended to generate revenue. After all, few of us are born into trust funds and a great many of us are barely scraping by so there’s nothing whatsoever wrong with looking for ways to…

Why the inevitable bursting of the bubble will take far longer than most people realize

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Over the last few years, cryptocurrencies have gone from being an obscure and very minor part of the global financial system to becoming the latest trendy asset class. But as cryptocurrencies have no underlying value, many people regard them as examples of pure speculative bubbles. With wild swings in value and no meaningful real-world use, thoughtful people are concerned about how much damage will be caused to the world’s financial systems when the bubble inevitably pops.

To begin, let’s look at the three main categories of people who have piled into cryptocurrencies.

First are the ignorant and delusional. These are…

Why real life is far more complicated, and potentially far more rewarding, than fiction

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Disclaimer: this article will be confined to a largely heteronormative account of dominance and submission because, as the author, I have extremely limited experience of other forms. As it’s always unwise to write about things of which one knows little, I prefer to write about those things of which I do have moderate or even extensive knowledge. …

How the US Republican Party will continue to evolve over the coming months

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The USA is a land of near-instant amnesia. The media generates an ocean of mindless noise and the population bobs up and down on top like corks riding on endless waves. People gawp empty-headed at the flickering spectacles of realty TV, sports, and repetitive sitcoms. The average person knows nearly nothing about anything and understands even less. And as we’re evolved to conform to group norms, it’s easy for us to accept whatever we’re told by our purported authority figures even when those things contradict what we used to think was true. …

How everything is never quite enough

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They say you can’t take it with you when you die, and that’s a major problem for the tiny number of ultra-wealthy people who spend enough on fripperies each year that, repurposed, their expenditures could feed most of the world’s hungriest people.

Larry Ellison, who founded Oracle Corporation all the way back in 1977, reputedly spent over $650 million on research that he hoped would enable him to extend his lifespan so that he could keep enjoying his private jets and superyachts and mansions for longer than humanly possible.

When you have everything, the fear of losing it becomes paramount…

How crushing reasoned dissent is now easier than ever

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Our species evolved over hundreds of thousands of years under conditions of scarcity. As marginal hunter-gatherers who should more accurately have been called scavenger-gatherers, we eked out a precarious existence as obligate omnivores scrabbling for whatever calories we could find. Most humans died in their mid-twenties, falling to sickness, injury, and a wide range of predators. While we humans love to self-aggrandize (even our self-appointed species name is hilariously inaccurate puffery) the hard fact is that we are very far indeed from being sapient. For most people at most times, the brain is merely 1.4kg …

Do acts of compassion have to be infrequent in order to be meaningful?

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Many years ago, when I was in my first marriage, I nursed my then-wife through an illness. It wasn’t difficult to do: just checking in on her regularly, making sure she was hydrated, comfortable, taking her medications on time, and was supplied with snacks she could digest. The illness lasted only a few days and I was happy to tend to her. Toward the end of this time, one of her friends dropped by for a visit and was surprised by how attentive I was.

“Wow,” the friend said, “you’re so lucky to have someone looking after you so good!”

Why even communist regimes are eager capitalists

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We humans have developed a wide variety of tools over the last few hundred thousand years, and among the many useful tools we use are words. Other animals communicate, like us, by means of sounds and gestures and when we look at our primate cousins we can see how very like them we are. But our ability to exchange generalized concepts by means of specific sounds is unparalleled in the animal world, and this is what enables us to create more sophisticated cultural artifacts than can be created by other creatures.

Yet we rarely notice how imprecise nearly all of…

Allan Milne Lees

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