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Your brain doesn't work the way you think it does.

In other words, in a process that even Dr. Barrett admits “defies common sense,” you’re almost always acting on the predictions that your brain is making about what’s going to happen next, not reacting to experience as it unfolds.

It turns out our brains predict more often than they react. I just ordered the book referenced in the article to dig deeper.

Linked on the 5th of December, 2020 Details

This blog is 20 years old today. I thought I should mark the moment, even if posting is not as frequent as it used to be and social media has eaten into people's attention spans.

Noted on the 4th of December, 2020 Details

Brexit stems from a civil war in capitalism.

One of the clearest explanations I've seen for Brexit.

Linked on the 29th of November, 2020 Details

“Emily in Paris” and the rise of ambient TV.

They're deliberately creating TV content as a background to people's phone addiction now.

It’s O.K. to look at your phone all the time, the show seems to say, because Emily does it, too. The episodic plots are too thin to ever be confusing; when you glance back up at the television, chances are that you’ll find tracking shots of the Seine or cobblestoned alleyways, lovely but meaningless.
Linked on the 29th of November, 2020 Details

Aerosol transmission of Covid-19.

Great visual explanation of Covid-19 aerosol transmission pathways and the importance of protection and ventilation.

Linked on the 29th of October, 2020 Details

Walkable streets matter.

Someone with a one-hour commute in a car needs to earn 40% more to be as happy as someone with a short walk to work. On the other hand, researchers found that if someone shifts from a long commute to a walk, their happiness increases as much as if they’d fallen in love.

Walkable cities have so many benefits.

Linked on the 26th of October, 2020 Details