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Interesting Internet Items Over the Past Week.

I try to read more books instead of stuff on the internet.[1. The only way I successfully motivate myself to read more books is to keep a log of what I’ve read. I’m doing better this year than I did last year, but I still wish the list were longer. These are the books I’ve read this year thus far, where recommendations are in bold:
Influence (Cialdini)
Obvious Adams (Updegraff)
Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe (Sakugawa)
Essentialism (McKeown)
King Solomon’s Ring (Lorenz)
When Things Fall Apart (Chodron)
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Covey)
The Wisdom of No Escape (Chodron)
Shelter for the Spirit (Moran)
Gone Girl (Flynn)
Toyota Kata (Rother), but did not finish
No Exit (Sartre)
The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership (Soupios)
The Lessons of History (Durant)
Pebbles of Perception (Endersen)
The Stranger Beside Me (Rule)
Yoga Wisdom at Work (Showkeir)
and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch as listed above.] I recently finished (and recommend with enthusiasm) One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch, which is both depressing and amusing. I put it in the same category as Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, a book I consider essential reading for everyone.

Here are some interesting items from the internet, rather than books, I read over the past week:

The Ghosts in Our Machines

When’s the last time you’ve spotted someone you know on Google Maps? I never had. And my mother, besides, is no longer alive. It couldn’t be her.

Strong Placebo Response Thwarts Painkiller Trials

But the finding that placebo responses are rising only in the United States is the most surprising aspect of the latest analysis.

How Government Killed the Medical Profession

Once free to be creative and innovative in their own practices, doctors are becoming more like assembly-line workers, constrained by rules and regulations aimed to systemize their craft.

The Violence of Algorithms

Much of the data used was inputted and tagged by humans, meaning that it was chock full of human bias and errors. The algorithms on which the system is built are themselves coded by humans, so they too are subjective. Perhaps most consequentially, however, although the program being demonstrated was intended to inform human decision-making, that need not be the case.


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