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A good summary re: today. We are living now through the 17th year of the 21st century. The world has dramatically changed. Trump would be a more successful president if he accepted the socioeconomic reality of today instead of of putting himself and his ‘base’ through a Sisyphean attempt to roll back time and immense change. He says he likes to WIN. Perhaps he needs to dramatically revise the goals he set out to achieve in order to merely have a chance.

The third industrial revolution | The Economist

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The 20th century is in the past. Peter Drucker wrote about the changes that occurred in the 20th century: The Age of Social Transformation via The Atlantic. We no longer live in the 20th century, and we cannot bring it back, which President Trump seems to think he can do. It’s essentially what he promised during his campaign. We might be better off, if we all accept the dramatic changes that have occurred in the world during the first decade and a half of the 21st century, and proceed accordingly: accepting what IS now, today. I have found that whenever I accept reality as it is now, I can deal, proceed, become unstuck. It means I have a challenge ahead of me, but I feel relief. I suddenly have more energy and motivation, even a little excitement to face a new challenge. In contrast, whenever I find myself resisting the organic pace of change throughout the world, I basically feel like some version of crap. I notice I’m angry, irritable, frustrated, anxious, sometimes scared. It sounds like Trump aims to reverse worldwide changes since the 20th century. Achievable goal?

Pubs from the Molesworth Gallery

Contemporary art publications from Molesworth Gallery, Dublin

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Go ahead and eat your Nutella — it’s the ramen that’s bad on palm oil



Recently France’s ecology minister, Ségolène Royal, said people should stop eating Nutella because it contains palm oil. But then Greenpeace stepped up to defend Nutella, pointing out that boycotting palm oil wouldn’t solve the problem and telling Quartz that Nutella-maker Ferrero is actually working hard to be part of the solution. “We therefore consider Ferrero to be one of the more progressive consumer-facing companies with regards to palm-oil sourcing,” Greenpeace said in a statement. When even ecology ministers are confused, you can be excused for failing to track the palm-oil heroes and villains.

The way environmental groups are approaching palm oil has shifted, because the industry has shifted — now every major palm-oil trader has committed to ending deforestation. Commitments are great, but now palm-oil companies face a bigger challenge: actually stopping the momentum toward rainforest clearance. Palm-oil growers won’t meet that challenge unless they have support — and a mandate — from their…

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facebook’s algorithm removes politically diverse content from your feed

No need for “yes men” anymore when there’s FB to reinforce our own tendency toward confirmation bias in ourselves.


Today, three researchers at Facebook released a new study in Science titled “Exposure to ideologically diverse news and opinion on Facebook.” The authors summarize their own findings in a companion blog post:

We found that people have friends who claim an opposing political ideology, and that the content in peoples’ News Feeds reflect those diverse views. While News Feed surfaces content that is slightly more aligned with an individual’s own ideology (based on that person’s actions on Facebook), who they friend and what content they click on are more consequential than the News Feed ranking in terms of how much diverse content they encounter.

As several commentators have noted, this framing is a little weird.

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How Long is Now on the BBC World Service

Both mentioned conversations via BBC are absolutely worth listening to.

The Forum: How long is ‘now?’

BBC Radio 3, Free Thinking: The Age of Earthquakes



I’m enjoying the way The Age of Earthquakes is migrating across media. The BBC have, in particular, been generously receptive. So, when I was asked to go onto a World Service program, I’ll admit I got a little bit excited. Because it’s the radio station I listen to every day and admire both from afar and near. It is genuinely worldly. On another level, it’s also the radio station my father and his family listened to in Bangladesh when it was still part of India and then part of Pakistan onto Independence. BBC World Service is an institution that remains largely intact. That’s something to cherish.

Here I am on The Forum. The program is called, ‘How Long is Now?’ Time perception plays a big role in The Age of Earthquakes, and so it was a treat to be able to discuss this with experts from neuroscience (Virginie van Wassenhove) and musicology…

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