It’s easier to scare than to inform and we fear losses more than we desire gains so collective decision-making defaults toward stasis. Alex Tabarrok, Collective Action Kills Innovation, Marginal Revolution
Reading science, math, and philosophy one hour per day will likely put you at the upper echelon of human success within seven years. Naval Ravikant Of course, it’s no use reading these things if you don’t do anything with the information. This is why I write here: to integrate what I learn.
When I was a kid, my dad told me the parable of the first physician to realize you should maybe mothers would not suffer quite so many horrifying deaths if doctors washed their hands between autopsies and childbirth. Unfortunately this doctor was an asshole, so everyone ignored him. He eventually went crazy from the stress of knowing so many women were being killed by their doctors, and died in a mental hospital. And that is why we don’t dismiss ideas just because they come from crazy assholes, no matter how much we want to.
But there was another part of the story I knew but hadn’t considered; the autopsies that were contaminating doctors were being done in pursuit of curing childbed fever. The infection was spread by examinations meant to teach students. The very things doctors were doing to cure women were hurting them. Over the medium term, everyone would have been better of if they’d stopped trying. I find this terrifying.
Ignac Semmelweiss, via Aceso Under Glass
“As the founder and only current employee of WorkFlowy, I’m just absolutely delighted by the company. The culture really fits me.” What it’s like to work at WorkFlowy
Heuristic: don’t take book recommendations from someone who’s favorite book was published in their lifetime. (Lindy effect)
It is easy to forget that at the end of the day accessibility improvements benefits everybody, not just those with disability.
This is generally true because of network effects. More liberties for social minorities result in more liberties for all.