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To Tell Someone They’re Wrong, First Tell Them They’re Right - Quartz, Pocket, Sep 2019
Pascal: "When we wish to correct with advantage, and to show another that he errs, we must notice from what side he views the matter, for on that side it is usually true, and admit that truth to him, but reveal to him the side on which it is false."
argumentation  culture  psychology  rhetoric  Quartz  Blaise-Pascal 
26 days ago by pierredv
Protecting your online privacy is tough—but here's a start — Quartz, Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Jan 2019
"Many decisions that affect your life are now dictated by the interpretation of your data profile rather than personal interactions. "

"The bad news is that when it comes to your digital profile, the data you choose to share is just the tip of an iceberg. We do not see the rest that is hidden under the water of the friendly interfaces of mobile apps and online services. The most valuable data about us is inferred beyond our control and without our consent. It’s these deeper layers we can’t control that really make the decisions, not us."

First layer: "data you feed into social media and mobile applications"

"The second layer is made of behavioral observations. ... It contains things that you probably do not want to share with everybody, like your real-time location and a detailed understanding of your intimate and professional relationships. "

"The third layer is composed of interpretations of the first and second. This layer infers conclusions about not just what we do but who we are based on our behavior and metadata. ... The task of these profile-mapping algorithms is to guess things that you are not likely to willingly reveal."

"Binding decisions made by banks, insurers, employers, and public officers are made by big data and algorithms, not people. "

"... China. As part of their “social credit score” system, every citizen is ranked on professional and personal interactions, online activity, and public appearances. Fail to pay a parking ticket? Look up banned topics online? Your actions in real life have lasting effects, such as your ability to buy train tickets or send your kids to good schools."
Quartz  privacy  data  surveillance  behavior  China 
february 2019 by pierredv
This physicist's ideas of time will blow your mind — Quartz May 2018
via Adriana Shum
Feature on Carlo Rovelli's ideas
"Rovelli’s new book, The Order of Time, published in April, is about our experience of time’s passage as humans, and the fact of its absence at minuscule and vast scales. He makes a compelling argument that chronology and continuity are just a story we tell ourselves in order to make sense of our existence."
time  physics  Carlo-Rovelli  Quartz 
may 2018 by pierredv
What does meditation help? The benefits and surprising drawbacks of the art of meditation — Quartz
via John Helm

"To conduct their research, the pair interviewed 60 Western Buddhist meditation practitioners who had all experienced challenging issues during their practice. They included both rookies and meditation teachers, ... All belonged to either Theravāda, Zen, or Tibetan traditions.
The researchers identified 59 kinds of unexpected or unwanted experiences, which they classified into seven domains: cognitive, perceptual, affective (related to moods), somatic, conative (related to motivation), sense of self, and social. Among the experiences described to them were feelings of anxiety and fear, involuntary twitching, insomnia, a sense of complete detachment from one’s emotions, hypersensitivity to light or sound, distortion in time and space, nausea, hallucinations, irritability, and the re-experiencing of past traumas. The associated levels of distress and impairment ranged from “mild and transient to severe and lasting,” according to the study."
Quartz  meditation  side-effects 
may 2017 by pierredv

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