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Status Anxiety
Status Anxiety
by Alain de Botton
'It is not a great disproportion between ourselves and others which produces envy, but on the contrary, a proximity. A common soldier bears no envy for his general compared to what he will feel for his sergeant or corporal;
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Vaunted 'human intuition is in reality 'pattern recognition
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Beastie Boys Book
Beastie Boys Book
by Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz
p.228
In February, “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)” came out as a single and video. It wasn't even something we picked as a single; the label chose it. To us, it was practically a throwaway. But in a matter of days, the song blew up on the radio. Not hip hop radio-rock and pop stations were spinning it in heavy rotation. Then MTV started playing the video. The only rap group getting played on MTV was Run-DMC. The “Fight for Your Right” video was a simple, ridiculous thing directed by Mr. Ric (Menello) and Rick Rubin's friend Adam Dubin; we were making fun of the current trend of cheesy pop-metal videos (Mötley Crüe etc.), with a healthy dose of Blackboard Jungle, courtesy of film geek Mr. Ric. But MTV played the shit out of it. Obviously, us being white had a ton to do with that.
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Triumph of the City
Triumph of the City
by Edward Glaeser
p.168
Each successful new type of transportation generally goes through three phases. First, technological breakthroughs enable the large-scale production of a faster way to move, such as a steam-powered train or a car. Second, a new transportation network is built, if needed, to accommodate this new technology. Third, people and companies change their geographic locations to take advantage of this new mode of transport.
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The Fifth Risk
The Fifth Risk
by Michael Lewis
Inside LinkedIn, DJ presided over an explosion of job titles that described similar tasks: analyst, business analyst, data analyst, research sci. The people in human resources complained to him that the company had too many data-related job titles. The company was about to go public, and they wanted to clean up the organization chart. To that end DJ sat down with his counterpart at Facebook, who was dealing with the same problem. What could they call all these data people? “Data scientist," his Facebook friend suggested
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Then, at Miletus, at the beginning of the fifth century before our era, Thales, his pupil Anaximander, Hecataeus and their school find a different way of looking for answers, This immense revolution in thought inaugurates a new mous of knowledge and understanding, and signals the first dawn of scientific thought.
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As we mentioned in the previous chapter, scientific insights into the way our brains and bodies work suggest that our feelings are not some uniquely human spiritual quality, and they do not reflect any kind of free will'. Rather, feelings are biochemical mechanisms that all mammals and birds use in order to quickly calculate probabilities of survival and reproduction. Feelings aren't based on intuition, inspiration or freedom - they are based on calculation.
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Some people would use the term 'evolution' only for the internally transmitted genetic material and would object to it being applied to information handed down externally. But I think that is too narrow a view. We are more than just our genes. We may be no stronger or inherently more intelligent than our caveman ancestors. But what distinguishes us from them is the knowledge that we have accumulated over the last 10,000 years, and particularly over the last 300. I think it is legitimate to take a broader view and include externally transmitted information, as well as DNA, in the evolution of the human race.
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What is Real?
What is Real?
by Adam Becker
The long answer would take another book. But the short answer is that science involves a combination of experiment, mathematical and logical reasoning, unifying explanations, and biases that scientists bring to the table from their own lives and the cultures they live in. We work to reduce those biases; we don't always succeed, but the explicit attempt to account for and reduce those biases is an important part of the process, properly conducted. The whole edifice of science is geared toward this goal
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Beastie Boys Book
Beastie Boys Book
by Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz
Run and DMC were in the live room, recording backup vocals W. sat there, watching, listening, and learning. The vocals they were record: delayed accent words to their own lead tracks. (That thing where one most of the verse except one or two words, which all the MCs savini know, “White Castle FRIES only come in one SIZE.”) This accented vocal thing was usually done by using an effect called digital delay on the vocal, which makes the one voice sound like several. It can also seem mechanized and a little too perfect when you do it digitally, though, and it had never occurred to us that you could create the effect live. But here were Run and DMC doing exactly that, and it made the song bigger—more raw, more powerful, and just sort of more fucking human. In short, it sounded incredible; we stole this trick and used E on every one of our own records. One of a thousand things we owe to them.
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Triumph of the City
Triumph of the City
by Edward Glaeser
As a result, the largest cities in dictatorships, which are almost invariably the capitals, contain, on average, 35 percent of their countries' urban population. The largest cities in stable democracies contain only about 23 percent of their countries' urban population.
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How to Change Your Mind
How to Change Your Mind
by Michael Pollan
After his release from prison the trail of Hubbard's life becomes more difficult to follow, muddied by vague and contradictory counts. In one of them, Hubbard became involved in an underover operation to ship heavy armaments from San Diego to Canada and from there on to Britain, in the years before the U
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Margin of Safety
Margin of Safety
by Seth A. Klarman
Warren Buffett likes to say that the first rule of investing i "Don't lose money," and the second rule is, "Never forget th first rule." I too believe that avoiding loss should be the pri mary goal of every investor. This does not mean that investor should never incur the risk of any loss at all. Rather "don't lose money" means that over several years an investment portfolio should not be exposed to appreciable loss of principal
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Some people have questioned whether viruses should count as life, because they are parasites, and cannot exist independently of their hosts. But then most forms of life, ourselves included, are parasites, in that they feed off and depend for their survival on other forms of life. I think computer viruses should count as life
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The Fifth Risk
The Fifth Risk
by Michael Lewis
p.186
But they had mobile phones, and in 2008, when the 3G networks went up in rural America, farmers finally got online. "The problem with the internet is that it shows everyone on earth what they're missing,” said Friedberg. “And if you can't get to it, you feel you are getting fucked. That there is this very visceral and obvious shift that is happening in the world that you're missing out on."
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AOL had no idea what it was sitting on. AIM was a fully fleshed-out social network. True, it was free to use; but it was making a limited amount of money thanks to traditional banner ads. Had anyone at AOL been able to predict the future, AIM could have been the perfect platform to transition AOL users into the post-dial-up world. Before we were all sending SMS texts, before we all reconnected on Facebook, a great many of us were connected on AIM. The social graph was actually the great prize of Web 2.0.
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Quantum mechanics teaches us not to think about the world in terms of 'things' which are in this or that state bun in terms of 'processes'instead
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However, for better or worse, elections and referendums are not about what we think. They are about what we feel. And when it comes to feelings, Einstein and Dawkins are no better than anyone else. Democracy assumes that human feelings reflect a mysterious and profound 'free will, that this 'free will is the ultimate source of authority, and that while some people are more intelligent than others, all humans are equally free
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SO MANY OF THE COMPANIES that would embody what we think of when we remember the dot-coms shared some or all of Priceline's traits: a business plan that promised to "change the world”; a Get Big Fast strategy to reach ubiquity and corner a particular market; a tendency to sell products at a loss in order to gain that market share; a willingness to spend lavishly on branding and advertising to raise awareness; and, above all, a sky-high stock market valuation that was divorced from any sort of profitability or rationality.
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