Every fortnight I curate a number of the observations and insights that have been shared on social media. I name these Friday’s Finds.
“It is sobering to realize that words written long ago in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, based on opinion, intuition, and prejudice, can so overwhelmingly outweigh scientific observational evidence and the logic and language of mathematics.” —Geoffrey West
‘My father at all times informed me, “Son, make sure you always align on what buzzwords the high level thought leaders are utilizing to operationalize excellence throughout the organization.”‘ —@MeetingBoy
‘My outdated man (84) is coming down from Scotland by practice — he can get a deal in 1st class, cheaper than 2nd Class — however says “You never meet anyone interesting in First Class …” He has a degree.‘ —@DonaldClark
Critical Thinking: “Misology is the fear or hatred of knowledge, rational thought and argumentation. Agnotology is the cultural production of ignorance. Both problems seem to be getting worse.” —through @telliowkuwp
But Germany affords a counterpoint. For a wide range of advanced causes, together with the legacy of the Second World War, the nation has one of many lowest home-ownership charges within the Western world at simply greater than 51 per cent in 2017. But it additionally has one of many highest charges of satisfaction with housing, at 93 per cent. That’s due to a big a part of the German experiment: Most folks reside in rental housing, and it has been purpose-built as rental housing: high-quality, well-designed and well-maintained housing in wonderful neighbourhoods that you would be able to hire to your lifetime, and with out an enormous impetus to maneuver except you select to take action, together with limits on unreasonable hire will increase. In the Canadian context, the dearth of such purpose-built rental has allowed condos owned by buyers to fill the rental-housing hole, which is essentially unstable.
Purser argues that mindfulness has turn out to be the right coping mechanism for neoliberal capitalism: it privatises stress and encourages folks to find the foundation of psychological illnesses in their very own work ethic. As a psychological technique it promotes a specific type of revolution, one which takes place throughout the heads of people fixated on self-transformation, reasonably than as a wrestle to beat collective struggling.