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The magnitude of one’s ignorance: How ink is made

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I am constantly being made aware of how much I do not know. Take, for example, this brief video on how ink is made. I had no idea…

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21 February 2017 at 12:36 am

Machiavelli’s advice for nice guys

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That’s from Colin Marshall’s Open Culture column. He notes:

This line of thinking, put in such stark terms, can make Machiavelli seem like an offputtingly harsh (if quite intelligent) character. But his writing is more nuanced: he advocates not using flat-out lies and violence to achieve one’s ends, but indeed to be nice — just “never to be overly devoted to acting nicely,” an attitude he thought the West’s popular readings of the story of Jesus of Nazareth too often advocated —  while always knowing “how to borrow – when need be – every single trick employed by the most cynical, dastardly, unscrupulous and nastiest people who have ever lived.” Nice guys, in short, have no choice but to learn from their enemies.

You can learn more about the sometimes harrowing experiences that taught Machiavelli [in the video below]…

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19 February 2017 at 11:31 am

Posted in Government, Politics, Video

Vox explains, with examples, Kellyanne Conway’s interview tricks

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Once you see the breakdown of how she does it, you become much less interested in listening to her. I hope that the news programs will wake up and stop booking her: she provides nothing of any value whatsoever.

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14 February 2017 at 8:47 am

This 392-Year-Old Bonsai Tree Survived the Hiroshima Atomic Blast & Still Flourishes Today: The Power of Resilience

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Dan Colman explains in Open Culture.

A closer look at the tree:

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13 February 2017 at 6:26 pm

Posted in Art, Daily life, Video

The first ‘jass’ record: Livery Stable Blues

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From the notes on YouTube:

“Livery Stable Blues” is a jazz composition copyrighted by Ray Lopez (Raymond Edward Lopez; 1889–1979) and Alcide Nunez in 1917. It was recorded by the Original Dixieland Jass Band on February 26, 1917 and, with the A side “Dixieland Jass Band One-Step” or “Dixie Jass Band One-Step” (a tune later better known as “Original Dixieland One-Step”), became widely acknowledged as the first jazz recording commercially released.It was recorded by the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York City at its studio at 46 West 38th Street on the 12th floor – the top floor.The Original Dixieland Jass Band (ODJB) were a New Orleans, Dixieland jazz band that made the first jazz recordings in early 1917. Their “Livery Stable Blues” became the first jazz single ever issued.In late 1917 the spelling of the band’s name was changed to Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

Via Josh Jones on OpenCulture, who has more.

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12 February 2017 at 7:04 pm

Posted in Jazz, Video

Brilliant chess combination ends game in 4-minute video

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9 February 2017 at 6:03 pm

Posted in Games, Video

Plato on the process that can deliver someone like Trump

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Andrew Sullivan narrates an intriguing 3-minute animated film:

I was just thinking that I’ve encountered some who really like being told what to do, if they trust the person telling them. Given that trust, these find it restful not to have to evaluate, decide, choose: it’s much more relaxing just following the orders of someone they trust. And such people are not rare.

The video is from Open Culture, where Josh Jones writes:

We stand, perhaps, at the threshold of the singularity, that great event when machine intelligence overtakes our own. The writhing of late capitalism may in fact be the death throes of Western modernity and, for both good and ill, much of its Enlightenment legacy. Institutions like the press and the polling industry have stumbled badly. No amount of denialism will stop the climate crisis. Something entirely new seems poised for its emergence into the world, though what it might be no one seems fully equipped to say. Why, then, should we look back to Plato to explain our epoch, a philosopher who had no familiarity with modern weaponry, artificial intelligence, or information systems?

Perhaps a better question is: do we and should we still value the contributions of European philosophy in contemporary life? If so, then we must allow that Plato may be perpetually relevant to learned discourse. Alfred North Whitehead famously characterized “the European philosophical tradition” as “a series of footnotes to Plato.” Suggesting his agreement with the sentiment, Massimo Pigliucci titled his regular column at The Philosopher’s Magazine, “Footnotes to Plato.” Though he did not invent his mode of inquiry, and often got it very wrong, Plato, he writes, “is a towering figure for an entire way of thinking about fundamental questions.”

There may be few questions more fundamental than those we now ask in the U.S. about tyranny, its origins and remedy—about how we arrived at where we are and what ethical and practical matters lie in the hands of the citizenry. These questions were central to the thought of Socrates, Plato’s mentor and primary character in his dialogues, who had some surprisingly contrarian ideas on the matter in The Republic. Here, as Andrew Sullivan tells us in the BBC Newsnight video above, Socrates theorizes that “Tyranny is probably established out of no other regime than democracy.”

The statement shocks us, but it also ran counter to the Athenian sentiments of Plato’s day. The picture Socrates paints of democracy’s ills finds its echo in the contemporary conservative’s worldview, but we should point out that Sullivan misrepresents the text he reads as one continuous passage, when it is actually a series of excerpted quotations. And as always, we should be careful not to try and see our own partisan divides in ancient thought. Socrates also had many other things to say the modern right finds truly objectionable.

The problem with democracy, Socrates thought, was . . .

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8 February 2017 at 6:26 pm

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