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a weekly list of goodies, ideas, pieces of research, principles, models, and other random stuff curated by Robert

fiery stuff I've been ingesting
  1. NASA’s Curiosity Captures Stunning Views of a Changing Mars Landscape
  2. Culture is brainwashing you
  3. What do I think about network states? by Vitalik Buterin
  4. ATOMIC POWER, Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard, Color Video 
  5. The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power comes in September
  6. Just found this video where Disney executives openly admit to pushing a gay agenda using their movies
  7. Wittgenstein at war
  8. The stoned ape hypothesis: did magic mushrooms influence human evolution? 
  9. Life crafting as a way to find purpose and meaning in life
  10. Is your website climate-friendly?
  11. The Dark Philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer
  12. Elon Musk’s NEURALINK vs Bryan Johnson’s KERNEL (No Surgery)
  13. Homo naledi:despite its puny brain, Homo naledi purposefully interred its dead. The cave chamber was a graveyard, they concluded.
  14. Countercultures: modernity’s last gasp 
  15. An epigenetic age reduction world record
  16. They asked GPT-3 to write an academic paper about Itself—then they tried to get it published
  17. Jack Barsky: KGB Spy | Lex Fridman Podcast
  18. States launch probe into TikTok’s effect on kids’ health 
  19. How to breathe while running
  20. Soft-skills infrastructure, as seen from above
  21. Check out Magnum Chrome extension by Uladzimir Yankovich. This is a browser extension that turns Chrome from just a browser into a productivity workspace.
YouTube essays
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel Levitin
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel Levitin
tweets for thought
Tim Urban
There are people alive today who were around when we still thought the Milky Way was the entire universe
The Howard Hughes Syndrome

Everybody lies to the man in power, some to gain favor, others to escape punishment.
Lex Fridman
Starlink has proven itself in the harshest conditions in Ukraine. When nothing else worked, Starlink worked. Countless people have told me stories of how it has saved their life. Over & over they asked me to send a big thank you to @elonmusk, SpaceX, and to the American people.
Max Roser
I'm curious how you think about the limits of artificial intelligence.

What is a task that you could ask a human to do right now which you think an AI won't be able to do within this century?
Jake Orthwein
dudes like this are the backbone of western civilization
Pranay Pathole
Seeing SpaceX's Falcon 9 land never stops blowing my mind. Perfecting landing of rockets is an incredibly difficult and challenging feat to achieve. Thanks to SpaceX & @elonmusk this reusable rockets aren't just a concept anymore they're a reality 🤯
Sherman McCoy
This was one of the most surreal, nearly dystopian things I’ve seen

The near entire online right gathering in a twitter space to talk some guy out of marrying an OF girl he’d never even met with a congressional candidate in the audience
war materials 🇺🇦
Where once the main sources of wealth were material assets such as gold mines, wheat fields and oil wells, today the main source of wealth is knowledge. And whereas you can seize oil fields by force, you cannot acquire knowledge that way. The profitability of conquest has declined as a result.
Phillips P. OBrien
It has now been 76 days since the Russians launched the Battle of the Dohnbas. This would make it one of the longest major battles in the 20th and 21st centuries. Many times longer than Kursk,e Bagration Normandy, Bulge, etc. Its much closer to WWI (Somme, Passchendale, Verdun)
Darth Putin
Weeks - 22
Victories - 0
Sanctions - ♾️
Economy - 🚽💩 🧻
Dead - 37,000+
Apartment blocks - Bombing
Ammunition dumps - Exploding
HIMARS - Nightmare
Generals - Still dying
Equipment - 1960s

I remain a master strategist
Darth Putin
Russian World War 2 era T-34 tank plays dead to avoid being sent to Ukraine.
Pascal 🇪🇺🇬🇧
Tomorrow Russia will take Nord Stream 1 offline

There will be a major potential for escalation of the geopolitical and energy crisis

So here's a thread on why not to panic now, when you might want to, and just what on earth is EU Regulation 2017/1938 🧵
Matthew Luxmoore
Posters like this in Russia are promoting army service (right) while portraying higher education as a sure-fire route to alcoholism and depression, h/t @ilya_shepelin
Foreign Policy
Despite what prominent theorists believe, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that he is fighting a war of imperialist conquest—and not defending himself against NATO, writes @NataliaAntonova.
1/ What do jewelry, cash, antiques, watches, mansions and Jennifer Lopez have in common? They've all been sought after by corrupt Russian military officials. In this second 🧵 in a series, I'll look at high-level corruption among Russia's military elite.
Other places
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