Best of Twitter - Week of July 15, 2019 (1/2) - oral history your parents

This issue is super dense + there are so many great tweets this week, I'll have to split the newslett
Best of Twitter - Week of July 15, 2019 (1/2) - oral history your parents
By Alexey Guzey • Issue #26 • View online
This issue is super dense + there are so many great tweets this week, I’ll have to split the newsletter in two parts - enjoy!

Kevin Kwok
I really really highly recommend this to everyone

Oral history your parents and grandparents. It takes hours before they'll really settle into the groove and the real stories will come out. But few things you'll appreciate it more
^ can confirm that this is something you should do. Instead of generically “talking to your parents and grandparents more”, ask them for something they haven’t told you about before, for their life stories – these are your stories as well.
Robert Wiblin
@planetmoney Some details on environmental effects of recycling:

Plastic - usually not worth bothering
Glass - usually not worth bothering
Paper - sometimes, it depends
Metals - yes, almost always more efficient to recycle
Robert Wiblin
@planetmoney Want to learn more? Here's everything I think I know about waste disposal:
+ 🙂
i am consumed by the question of what’s gonna happen when everyone realizes we never stopped living in a religious society
^ see Scott Alexander’s Gay Rites Are Civil Rites for more
Max Roser
Morgan Kelly suggests that some of the literature on long-run persistence might confuse ‘deep origins’ with spatial autocorrelation.
Sarah Constantin
I suspect that there's potential for a reskin of the notion of the "fraternal organization" that could work for contemporary urban professionals.
Sarah Constantin
The way this would work is, you have a club, with dues-paying members. Invitation-only, and there's a process to get accepted. Members have to demonstrate high integrity and basically having their lives together: professional success and stable family are good.
^ thread
Robert Dur
The Remarkable Unresponsiveness of College Students to Nudging by Philip Oreopoulos and Uros Petronijevic
^ “none of the interventions we evaluate significantly influences academic outcomes … The coaching interventions make some students realize that more effort is needed to attain good grades but, rather than working harder, they settle by adjusting grade expectations downwards. ”
What does it mean to understand a neural network: - Tim Lillicrap and me try to think deeply about how pondering neural networks changes our goals as neuroscientists.
Tony Zador
@KordingLab Yes! This follows from the argument that the description length of the brain's wiring diagram must be short, because the wiring rules must pass through a "genomic bottleneck" each generation. The rules must be simple
Nikhil Krishnan
Hello - I wrote about some of my experiences and experiments in trying to create and strengthen friendships.

How To Make Friends 2.0
Andrew Hires
@elonmusk @USC Summary: Neuralink picked the best of existing lab technology and pushed it forward in a number of important dimensions, and most impressively has an integrated implantable product that goes beyond the current state of the art.

Q&A time: My Q, Can we buy it for mice?
Adam Marblestone
Think of Neuralink as the default/background state of neurotech, accelerated. They are climbing Everest with bigger team/better gear (engineering). What is really needed is a helicopter (science-intensive breakthrough).
@The_Lagrangian Reminds me of:
> A test patient who does not need treatment is sent to 180 dentists to receive recommendations...
> 27% of dentists recommend a filling to someone with no dental problems. 13 teeth suggested.
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best 10-15 tweets of the week. mostly economics, biology, startups

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