reading list

Highlights from my Reading List – Week 52


  1. Neuralink and the future of knowledge work – Ness Labs
    Speculation on how developments in Neuralink would affect work. 

  2. Epistemic Learned Helplessness – Slate Star Codex
    Do you feel frustrated when you provide someone with a logical argument but they refuse to accept the conclusion? That’s probably a good thing.

  3. Facebook, Libra, and the Long Game – Stratechery
    Ben Thompson on why Libra is a winning move from Facebook.

  4. The Tragedy of Wiio’s Law – Venkatesh Rao
    Wiio’s Law: communication usually fails, except by accident. 
  5. Shopify and the Power of Platforms – Stratechery
    Why platforms (Shopify) and aggregators (Amazon) are competitors and Walmart is losing. 

  6. Before ‘Old Town Road,’ Lil Nas X Was a Tweetdecker – NYMag
    How Lil Nas X memed his way to the top. 

  7. Fair but not so Lovely: India’s obsession with skin whitening – Neha Dixit
    A great essay on India’s unhealthy obsession with skin color and its underlying sociological issues.
  8. Conductor Social Networks – Cody Brown
    The unbundling of media platforms and rise of people centric social networks. 
  9. Let Christopher Alexander design your life – Alexandra Lange
    This is a superb review of the book A Pattern Language and its application in daily life.
  10. Notes from Peter Thiel’s speech at the National Conservatism conference on July 14, 2019 – Bonnie Kavoussi
    This is a great highlight reel of Peter Thiel’s speech. Listen to his interview on Eric Weinstein as well to complement this article.

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