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Your Work Peak Is Earlier Than You Think - The Atlantic, Arthur Brooks, Jun 2019
"Bach easily could have become embittered, like Darwin. Instead, he chose to redesign his life, moving from innovator to instructor. He spent a good deal of his last 10 years writing The Art of Fugue, ..."

"Careers that rely primarily on fluid intelligence tend to peak early, while those that use more crystallized intelligence peak later. For example, Dean Keith Simonton has found that poets—highly fluid in their creativity—tend to have produced half their lifetime creative output by age 40 or so. Historians—who rely on a crystallized stock of knowledge—don’t reach this milestone until about 60."

"What I need to do, in effect, is stop seeing my life as a canvas to fill, and start seeing it more as a block of marble to chip away at and shape something out of. I need a reverse bucket list. My goal for each year of the rest of my life should be to throw out things, obligations, and relationships until I can clearly see my refined self in its best form."

"When the New York Times columnist David Brooks talks about the difference between “résumé virtues” and “eulogy virtues,” he’s effectively putting the ashramas in a practical context."

“Death destroys a man,” E. M. Forster wrote, but “the idea of Death saves him.”
career  work  ageing  TheAtlantic  retirement 
june 2019 by pierredv
Playing Dungeons & Dragons Together for 30 Years - The Atlantic, Jun 2019
Every week, The Friendship Files features a conversation between The Atlantic’s Julie Beck and two or more friends, exploring the history and significance of their relationship.
theAtlantic  friendship  games 
june 2019 by pierredv
Who Wins in the Name Game? - The Atlantic - Pocket
Not being able to pronounce a name spells a death sentence for relationships. That’s because the ability to pronounce someone’s name is directly related to how close you feel to that person. Our brains tend to believe that if something is difficult to understand, it must also be high-risk.

In fact, companies with names that are simple and easy to pronounce see significantly higher investments than more complexly named stocks, especially just after their initial public offerings when information on the stock’s fundamentals are most scarce. People with easier to pronounce names are also judged more positively and tend to be hired and promoted more often than their more obscurely named peers.
theAtlantic  names  language 
march 2019 by pierredv
The Market as God - The Atlantic, Harvey Cox, Mar 1999
"The lexicon of The Wall Street Journal and the business sections of Time and Newsweek turned out to bear a striking resemblance to Genesis, the Epistle to the Romans, and Saint Augustine's City of God. Behind descriptions of market reforms, monetary policy, and the convolutions of the Dow, I gradually made out the pieces of a grand narrative about the inner meaning of human history, why things had gone wrong, and how to put them right. Theologians call these myths of origin, legends of the fall, and doctrines of sin and redemption. But here they were again, and in only thin disguise..."

"there lies embedded in the business pages an entire theology, which is comparable in scope if not in profundity to that of Thomas Aquinas or Karl Barth"

"Since the earliest stages of human history, of course, there have been bazaars, rialtos, and trading posts—all markets. But The Market was never God, because there were other centers of value and meaning, other "gods." The Market operated within a plethora of other institutions that restrained it. As Karl Polanyi has demonstrated in his classic work The Great Transformation, only in the past two centuries has The Market risen above these demigods and chthonic spirits to become today's First Cause. "

"Today The Market's fickle will is clarified by daily reports from Wall Street and other sensory organs of finance. Thus we can learn on a day-to-day basis that The Market is "apprehensive," "relieved," "nervous," or even at times "jubilant.""

"I am beginning to think that for all the religions of the world, however they may differ from one another, the religion of The Market has become the most formidable rival, the more so because it is rarely recognized as a religion. "
theAtlantic  religion  markets  mythology  business  theology 
january 2019 by pierredv
Large Majorities Dislike Political Correctness - The Atlantic Oct 2018
"On social media, the country seems to divide into two neat camps: Call them the woke and the resentful. "

"Reality is nothing like this. As scholars Stephen Hawkins, Daniel Yudkin, Miriam Juan-Torres, and Tim Dixon argue in a report published Wednesday, “Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape,” most Americans don’t fit into either of these camps. They also share more common ground than the daily fights on social media might suggest—including a general aversion to PC culture."

"If you look at what Americans have to say on issues such as immigration, the extent of white privilege, and the prevalence of sexual harassment, the authors argue, seven distinct clusters emerge: progressive activists, traditional liberals, passive liberals, the politically disengaged, moderates, traditional conservatives, and devoted conservatives."

"According to the report, 25 percent of Americans are traditional or devoted conservatives, and their views are far outside the American mainstream. Some 8 percent of Americans are progressive activists, and their views are even less typical. By contrast, the two-thirds of Americans who don’t belong to either extreme constitute an “exhausted majority.” Their members “share a sense of fatigue with our polarized national conversation, a willingness to be flexible in their political viewpoints, and a lack of voice in the national conversation.”"

"Three quarters of African Americans oppose political correctness."

"If age and race do not predict support for political correctness, what does? Income and education. ... Political tribe—as defined by the authors—is an even better predictor of views on political correctness."

"The gap between the progressive perception and the reality of public views on this issue could do damage to the institutions that the woke elite collectively run. "

" As one 57- year-old woman in Mississippi fretted:

The way you have to term everything just right. And if you don’t term it right you discriminate them. It’s like everybody is going to be in the know of what people call themselves now and some of us just don’t know. But if you don’t know then there is something seriously wrong with you."
theAtlantic  US  politics  * 
october 2018 by pierredv
The Seattle Plane Crash: Lessons and Questions - The Atlantic Aug 2018
"Thus sane approaches to security have been careful to set the goal of reducing risks, rather than eliminating them. "
TheAtlantic  aviation  security  risk  James-Fallows 
august 2018 by pierredv
The Curious Case of the Rogue 'SpaceBee' Satellites - The Atlantic,May 2018
"The SpaceBee is a prototype satellite from Swarm Technologies, a start-up founded in 2016 and based in Los Altos, California. There is little publicly available information about Swarm. According to Mark Harris, the reporter at IEEE Spectrum who first broke the story about the satellites’ unauthorized launch, the company is in stealth mode"

"As of April, there are 589 nanosatellites in orbit—satellites with masses between one kilogram and 10 kilograms (2.2 pounds to 22 pounds), according to a comprehensive database run by Erik Kulu, a spacecraft systems engineer in Glasgow"

"Lockheed Martin is currently building a radar system that would allow the Space Surveillance Network to track smaller objects than is possible now. The program is expected to be finished by the end of this year. "
theAtlantic  satellite  Space  orbital-debris  space-debris  FCC  nanosatellites  cubesats 
may 2018 by pierredv
Spectre and Meltdown: A New Class of Computer Vulnerabilities - The Atlantic Jan 2018 - Bruce Schneier
review of new vulnerabilities:

"a harbinger of the sorts of security problems we’re going to be seeing in the coming years. These are vulnerabilities in computer hardware, not software. They affect virtually all high-end microprocessors produced in the last 20 years. . . . Spectre and Meltdown aren’t anomalies. They represent a new area to look for vulnerabilities and a new avenue of attack. They’re the future of security—and it doesn’t look good for the defenders."
theAtlantic  Bruce-Schneier  cybersecurity  vulnerability 
february 2018 by pierredv
A Triumphant Year for SpaceX - The Atlantic Dec 2017
"Despite an explosion of one of its rocket engines during a test at its facility in Texas in November, SpaceX ended the year without any in-flight failures or launchpad explosions. The company’s total comes to 18 launches in 2017—its most in a single year, and more than double that of the previous year."
TheAtlantic  space  launch  SpaceX  BlueOrigin 
january 2018 by pierredv
The Rise of Antifa - The Atlantic
The Rise of the Violent Left
Antifa’s activists say they’re battling burgeoning authoritarianism on the American right. Are they fueling it instead?
theAtlantic  US  politics  extremism 
august 2017 by pierredv
Terra Bella and Planet Labs's Most Consequential Year Yet - The Atlantic, Mar 2016
"... Terra Bella—the satellite company, formerly known as Skybox, that Google purchased for $500 million in June 2014. In the next 18 months, it plans to put more than a dozen new satellites into orbit. . . .
Terra Bella is part of a larger group of satellite companies that promise to transform the way we see Earth. Planet Labs is another: An independent startup based in San Francisco, it estimates that in the next 12 months, it will have more than 100 satellites beaming imagery down to Earth. That will give it an almost-daily imagery refresh rate. "
theAtlantic  space  cubesats  earth-observation  satellite 
august 2017 by pierredv
When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes - The Atlantic
". . . RightCare Alliance, a collaboration between health-care professionals and community groups that seeks to counter a trend: increasing medical costs without increasing patient benefits."

"The greater concern is: How can a procedure so contraindicated by research be so common?"

"Striking the right balance between innovation and regulation is incredibly difficult, but once remedies are in use—even in the face of contrary evidence—they tend to persist. "
medicine  health  theAtlantic  innovation  regulation 
february 2017 by pierredv
The Case Against Reality - The Atlantic
"Donald D. Hoffman, a professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine. Hoffman has spent the past three decades studying perception, artificial intelligence, evolutionary game theory and the brain, and his conclusion is a dramatic one: The world presented to us by our perceptions is nothing like reality. What’s more, he says, we have evolution itself to thank for this magnificent illusion, as it maximizes evolutionary fitness by driving truth to extinction."
"So while neuroscientists struggle to understand how there can be such a thing as a first-person reality, quantum physicists have to grapple with the mystery of how there can be anything but a first-person reality. In short, all roads lead back to the observer. And that’s where you can find Hoffman—straddling the boundaries, attempting a mathematical model of the observer, trying to get at the reality behind the illusion."
"Gefter: So everything we see is one big illusion?
Hoffman: We’ve been shaped to have perceptions that keep us alive, so we have to take them seriously. If I see something that I think of as a snake, I don’t pick it up. If I see a train, I don’t step in front of it. I’ve evolved these symbols to keep me alive, so I have to take them seriously. But it’s a logical flaw to think that if we have to take it seriously, we also have to take it literally."
reality  perception  physics  philosophy  TheAtlantic  cognition 
september 2016 by pierredv
Luck Is a Bigger Contributor to Success Than People Give It Credit For - The Atlantic
"When people see themselves as self-made, they tend to be less generous and public-spirited."
"According to the Pew Research Center, people in higher income brackets are much more likely than those with lower incomes to say that individuals get rich primarily because they work hard. ... That’s troubling, because a growing body of evidence suggests that seeing ourselves as self-made—rather than as talented, hardworking, and lucky—leads us to be less generous and public-spirited."
"Our understanding of human cognition provides one important clue as to why we may see success as inevitable: the availability heuristic. ... Little wonder that when talented, hardworking people in developed countries strike it rich, they tend to ascribe their success to talent and hard work above all else. Most of them are vividly aware of how hard they’ve worked and how talented they are."
"Our personal narratives are biased in a second way: Events that work to our disadvantage are easier to recall than those that affect us positively."
"Social scientists have been studying gratitude intensively for almost two decades, and have found that it produces a remarkable array of physical, psychological, and social changes."
Work by Emmons and McCullough: "they asked a first group of people to keep diaries in which they noted things that had made them feel grateful, a second group to note things that had made them feel irritated, and a third group to simply record events. After 10 weeks, the researchers reported dramatic changes in those who had noted their feelings of gratitude."
theAtlantic  luck  success  philanthropy  bias  gratitude  psychology 
june 2016 by pierredv
There's No Such Thing as Free Will - The Atlantic - Stephen Cave - June 2016
Survey of research, experiments, philosophy
"The 20th-century nature-nurture debate prepared us to think of ourselves as shaped by influences beyond our control. But it left some room, at least in the popular imagination, for the possibility that we could overcome our circumstances or our genes to become the author of our own destiny. The challenge posed by neuroscience is more radical: It describes the brain as a physical system like any other, and suggests that we no more will it to operate in a particular way than we will our heart to beat. "
"This research and its implications are not new. What is new, though, is the spread of free-will skepticism beyond the laboratories and into the mainstream."
"his development raises uncomfortable—and increasingly nontheoretical—questions: If moral responsibility depends on faith in our own agency, then as belief in determinism spreads, will we become morally irresponsible? And if we increasingly see belief in free will as a delusion, what will happen to all those institutions that are based on it?"
<experiments by Kathleen Vohs and Jonathan Schooler; Roy Baumeister>
<philosophers Saul Smilansky, Bruce Waller>
"Smilansky is convinced that free will does not exist in the traditional sense—and that it would be very bad if most people realized this. . . . And just as undermining blame would remove an obstacle to acting wickedly, so undermining praise would remove an incentive to do good. . . . Smilansky advocates a view he calls illusionism—the belief that free will is indeed an illusion, but one that society must defend. The idea of determinism, and the facts supporting it, must be kept confined within the ivory tower. . . Illusionism is a minority position among academic philosophers, most of whom still hope that the good and the true can be reconciled. But it represents an ancient strand of thought among intellectual elites."
<neuroscientist and writer Sam Harris, author of Free Will (2012)>
"Harris thinks that, in time, “it might be possible to cure something like psychopathy,” but only if we accept that the brain, and not some airy-fairy free will, is the source of the deviancy. Accepting this would also free us from hatred. Holding people responsible for their actions might sound like a keystone of civilized life, but we pay a high price for it: Blaming people makes us angry and vengeful, and that clouds our judgment. . . Whereas the evidence from Kathleen Vohs and her colleagues suggests that social problems may arise from seeing our own actions as determined by forces beyond our control—weakening our morals, our motivation, and our sense of the meaningfulness of life—Harris thinks that social benefits will result from seeing other people’s behavior in the very same light. "
"For Waller, it simply doesn’t matter that these processes are underpinned by a causal chain of firing neurons. In his view, free will and determinism are not the opposites they are often taken to be; they simply describe our behavior at different levels."
"The kind of will that leads to success—seeing positive options for oneself, making good decisions and sticking to them—can be cultivated, and those at the bottom of society are most in need of that cultivation."
free-will  determinism  psychology  philosophy  theAtlantic  morality  poverty 
june 2016 by pierredv
How Mindfulness Meditation Builds Compassion - The Atlantic
"Mindfulness meditation is best known for its positive effects on practitioners’ brains and bodies. My research suggests it may also encourage compassion toward others."
theAtlantic  meditation  mindfulness  compassion 
october 2015 by pierredv
Why God Will Not Die - Jack Miles, The Atlantic, 17 Nov 2014
"In my 20s, I was a sucker for such stuff. Worse, I was painfully slow to notice my own posing. Only after the passage of some time and the small, salutary shock of having my wallet stolen did I examine these three professions of secular faith and realize, with an inward blush, that what I had wanted was simply closure, a way to stop thinking about questions whose answers were beyond my reach." - "Science keeps revealing how much we don't, perhaps can't, know. Yet humans seek closure, which should make religious pluralists of us all." - "Ignorance was a great human breakthrough, perhaps the greatest of all, for until our prehistoric but anatomically modern ancestors could tell the difference between ignorance and knowledge, how could they know they knew anything? "
philosophy  religion  belief  god  essays  **  theAtlantic  ignorance 
march 2015 by pierredv
The Tragedy of the American Military - The Atlantic
"The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win." "The most biting satirical novel to come from the Iraq-Afghanistan era, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain, is a takedown of our empty modern “thank you for your service” rituals." "Chickenhawk Nation, based on the derisive term for those eager to go to war, as long as someone else is going" "A chickenhawk nation is more likely to keep going to war, and to keep losing, than one that wrestles with long-term questions of effectiveness." "The country thinks too rarely, and too highly, of the 1 percent under fire in our name."
military  war  policy  defense  politics  usa  *  theAtlantic 
january 2015 by pierredv
Mapping How Emotions Manifest in the Body - Olga Khazan - The Atlantic
''Across cultures, people feel increased activity in different parts of the body as their mental state changes''
body  emotions  mapping  psychology  TheAtlantic  sensation 
january 2014 by pierredv
Engine: The History of a Concept, From 14th-Century Poetry to Google - Rebecca J. Rosen - The Atlantic
"The word comes from the Latin ingenium, related to our own word, ingenious. ... Over time, as we know, this abstract concept of inventiveness or cleverness came to refer to a complicated, powerful piece of machinery. This, Holden says, is a great example of something that is quite "common in English nouns: the transferral of what was once an abstract concept to something very concrete.""
TheAtlantic  words  language 
august 2013 by pierredv
Not Even Silicon Valley Escapes History - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic
" The precise center of Silicon Valley when it was the most important manufacturing region on Earth is now home to Super Space Self Storage. I was able to map this location thanks to Richard E. Schmieder, who drove 6,000 miles around Silicon Valley, collecting the addresses of more than a thousand corporate headquarters, branch offices, restaurants, and hotels. He published this exhaustive niche Yellow Pages as Rich's Guide to Santa Clara County's Silicon Valley in 1983. I discovered a copy of this rare book in Berkeley's library system and realized that it was a fantastic dataset: If I stuck all of the locations onto a map, I could reconstruct the Valley as it was 30 years ago, right before the Japanese manufacturers and the forces of globalization pulled and pushed chip production to East Asia. And though the idea of Silicon Valley does not allow for history, the place, itself, cannot escape it. The Valley we know now, the Paypal-Google-Facebook one, got built right on top ..."
history  EPA  TheAtlantic  maps  Silicon-Valley  pollution 
july 2013 by pierredv
What Intersections Would Look Like in a World of Driverless Cars - Technology - The Atlantic Cities
“There would be an intersection manager,” Stone says, “an autonomous agent directing traffic at a much finer-grain scale than just a red light for one direction and a green light for another direction.” Because of this, we won’t need traffic lights at all (or stop signs, for that matter). Traffic will constantly flow, and at a rate that would probably unnerve the average human driver. The researchers have modeled just how this would work, as you can see in the animation below.
visualization  autonomous-vehicles  theatlantic  automation  robotics 
february 2013 by pierredv
There's More to Life Than Being Happy - Emily Esfahani Smith - The Atlantic
Story built around Viktor Frankl, but about a study by Baumeister, Voh et al, linked. "Leading a happy life, the psychologists found, is associated with being a "taker" while leading a meaningful life corresponds with being a "giver.""
theatlantic  psychology  happiness  meaning 
january 2013 by pierredv
The Writing Revolution - Peg Tyre - The Atlantic
Via Matt Corwine "For years, nothing seemed capable of turning around New Dorp High School’s dismal performance—not firing bad teachers, not flashy education technology, not after-school programs. So, faced with closure, the school’s principal went all-in on a very specific curriculum reform, placing an overwhelming focus on teaching the basics of analytic writing, every day, in virtually every class. What followed was an extraordinary blossoming of student potential, across nearly every subject—one that has made New Dorp a model for educational reform."
*  teaching  theAtlantic  education  writing 
september 2012 by pierredv
Business - Derek Thompson - The Economic History of the Last 2,000 Years in 1 Little Graph - The Atlantic#.T_BaaN-malI.twitter#.T_BaaN-malI.twitter
via : Scott Forbes, "The economic history of the world going back to Year 1 showing the major powers' share of world GDP, from a research letter written by Michael Cembalest, chairman of market and investment strategy at JP Morgan. "
theAtlantic  infographics  visualization  economics  history 
july 2012 by pierredv
Introverts of the World, Unite! - Magazine - The Atlantic
"A conversation with Jonathan Rauch, the author who—thanks to an astonishingly popular essay in the March 2003 Atlantic—may have unwittingly touched off an Introverts' Rights revolution"
Jonathan-Rauch  introversion  TheAtlantic  psychology 
november 2011 by pierredv
The 12 States of America - The Atlantic
looks a lot like Dante Chinni's stuff from the Monitor: monied burbs, evangelical epicenters, immigation nation, military bastions etc.
maps  geography  visualization  economy  demographics  usa  statistics  theAtlantic  via:gmsv  ** 
march 2011 by pierredv
Tax Burdens - Business - The Atlantic
A very large percentage of our electorate has nothing at stake when they vote for new spending
taxes  theAtlantic 
may 2010 by pierredv

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