Patrick McKenzie on the hidden reserve of smart people

There is no hidden reserve of smart people who know what they’re doing, anywhere. Not in government, not in science, not in tech, not at AppAmaGoodBookSoft, nowhere. The world exists in the same glorious imperfection that it presents with. Patrick McKenzie The whole thread is well worth reading.

More from less: the aluminium drinks can

Adding information (in the form of better design and processes) to aluminium cans has seen the weight of metal used drop from 85g to 12.75g – that’s 6.8 times less. Here’s a great video about the design and process innovations that made that saving possible: And here’s an article from Andrew McAfee on More from Less. More here from Wired.

Malcolm Gladwell on the disadvantages of wealth

He understood money, and he understood money because he felt it had been a thorough education in its value and function back home on the streets of Minneapolis. … And then he finally came to the point. He had children that he loved very dearly. Like any parent, he wanted to provide for them, to give them more than he…

On learning (For Karthick)

Karthick left some kind feedback and a question but no contact information (I’ve now added a section for that to the form) – this is a reply. Karthick asks: I’d love to know your methods of learning. How do you learn more? What mediums do you learn on (and any more tips on reading too!) Thank you for your time.…

A world class sentence

Could you write a world-class sentence – one that wouldn’t look out of place in a classic or a bestseller? Here are a three for free: “She turned.” “He scratched his head.” “The sun went down.” World class sentences. Very simple. Easy to write. Write some more.

Katherine Rundell on children’s books and imagination

Children’s fiction… offers to help us to refind things we may not even know we have lost. Adult life is full of forgetting… When you read children’s books, you are given the space to read again as a child: to find your way back, back to the time when new discoveries came daily and when the world was colossal, before…

“Led by pleasure and wonder”: Dana Gioia on creating a new generation of readers

You can’t force young people into literature. They need to be led by pleasure and wonder. Creating a new generation of readers is important. When a society loses the capacity to read fiction, it loses one of the most powerful ways by which we grow and refine our inner lives, our understanding of ourselves, and our understanding of other people.…

Recommendation: Better Explained with Kalid Azad

I recently came across Kalid Azad’s Better Explained, and recommend that you check it out. It’s a fantastic resource in itself, and has lots of helpful thoughts about teaching and learning. Developing your Intuition for Math, Prehistoric Calculus (about Pi) and Intuitive Understanding of Sine Waves are great introductions to how he teaches. His main point is that most of…

Katherine Rundell on learning from children’s books

Children’s books today do still have a ghost of their educative beginnings, but what they are trying to teach us has changed. Children’s novels, to me, spoke, and still speak, of hope. They say: look, this is what bravery looks like. This is what generosity looks like. They tell me, through the medium of wizards and lions and talking spiders,…

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If you find it hard to give up on a book without a guilty conscience – a sense that you’ve wasted something, neglected a duty, left a job unfinished and one of the windows of your mind ajar – it’s time to start thinking differently. Time spent on a bad book is time wasted. Money spent on bad books is…