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Assorted links for 08/23/2019

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1. The Big Business of Scavenging in Postindustrial America (recycling) The U.S. produces more garbage than any other nation in the world per capita. Here’s how scrappers are turning that waste into a $32 billion business. 2. How “Carpe Diem” Got Lost in Translation by Chi Luu (language) 3. Is Tribalism a Natural Malfunction? by Simon Dedeo (game theory) 4. The machine always wins: what drives our addiction to social media by Richard Seymour (social […]

Don’t Believe a Word

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Shariatmadari borrows from Iris Murdoch’s idea of language as a net cast over the mind, constraining our thoughts according to how its knots and threads land – wrinkled in some places, straight in others. Every language is a different throw of the net. Language sieves and strains reality but never imprisons it. There are always holes for the real world to escape. vie The Guardian And an important point: Youth is the driver of linguistic change. This […]

“What is wanted?”

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“As McCulloch explains in one of many illuminating historical anecdotes, simply settling on a standard greeting made for acute confusion. What initially started as a battle between “ahoy” and “hello” (another contender was “what is wanted?” — my new phone greeting) was eventually resolved in favor of “hello”; the word has the same origins as “holler,” and was used at the time as a call for attention. “ Why Has Language Changed So Much So […]