Scott MacLeod

Five Things – 04-03-17

5 Things That Should Be Taught in Every School—Mark Manson I completely agree with Mark Manson on this. The current education system in most of the countries of the world is broken. In a world where there is so many subjects that can be learnt, schools need to teach individuals how to learn, and how to function in society. The current system of rote memorisation is a waste of time now we have access to all the information in the world a Google Search away....

Five Things – 25-02-17

With “Burst Your Bubble,” The Guardian pushes readers beyond their political news boundaries—Nieman Lab This is probably the article I was most exited to read this week! As I know I definitely don’t consume enough conservative media. Although there is a strong political divide in the media, I strongly believe that considering the beliefs and values of people you disagree with is very valuable. Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds—The New Yorker Although the article has some political references, I thought it was a great explanation of the research on why we have the ability to completely ignore facts that counter our beliefs....

Five Things – 18-02-17

Why we choose profit—Signal v. Noise A great article from Jason Fried, explaining how a focus on real profit leads to a truly valuable company. This is because a business that is profitable is flexible and ends up being simpler to run if you don’t need to worry about running out of money and convincing investors to give up their money. How The New York Times Is Clawing Its Way Into the Future—WIRED It looks like the Gray Lady has a strong plan at ensuring it remains relevant and profitable in a digital future....

Five Things – 11-02-17

I Helped Create the Milo Trolling Playbook. You Should Stop Playing Right Into It—Observer There is a lot to unpack in this article, but the core message is that outrage isn’t a good way to fight against ideas. Simply telling people that they’re wrong will cause their beliefs to become stronger, thanks to the backfire effect. Another aspect of the article is that outrage will often get shared, and while the majority of people may agree with the sharer, there may be a small portion who agree with the controversial idea....

Five Things – 04-02-16

Death by Tactile Paving: China’s Precarious Paths for the Visually Impaired—99% Invisible Tactile paving has been fascinating me ever since I saw a sign explaining what it was a couple of months ago (#readtheplaque). Honestly Seiichi Miyake did a fantastic job developing such a simple solution that sighted people simply wouldn’t think about. Anyway this article is about some of the worst implementations of tactile paving, with some paths in China leading the blind through a maze, or even down holes…...

Five Things – 28-01-17

Indifference is a power—Aeon Choosing a life philosophy is hard, but if you’re looking I can suggest Stoicism as a good starting point. This article is a great overview of the stoic philosophy. It clarifies the difference between the modern definition of “stoic” and the philosophy. If you enjoy the article and want to explore more, check out the top 3 books under Philosophy here. The Trolley Problem—Eoin Duffy The “Trolley Problem” is a classic ethical dilemma....

Five Things – 21-01-17

I Used to Be a Human Being—New York Magazine If there is one piece out of these that you read, please let it be this one. Sullivan explores how the modern world has reduced our time for reflection. With the distractions available allowing us to hide from our feelings. The availability of distraction is also what has had the biggest effect on religion. As we don’t need to address our spiritual pain when we have a Facebook notification to check....

The 7 best non-fiction books of 2016

2016 was a great year for reading, as this year I got through more books that I ever though I could. This year I read 29 non-fiction books, and for this post I’ve chosen the top 7 that I’ve gotten the most value out of, and I think they can provide value to you. The Shallows — Nicholas Carr Do you ever feel like your attention span has lessened over the last few years?...

Five Things – 14-01-17

Embrace the Mess: The Upside of Disorder—Farnam Street Blog If you feel like you spend all your time and effort organising things instead of creating, perhaps you should stop organising things. That’s the idea explored in this article. For example, research has shown that relying on your email search is on average a lot faster to find the email you’re looking for rather than going through meticulously organises email folders....

Five Things – 07-01-17

Information Density – How Mr. Robot Does a Lot with a Little—Extra Credits An interesting look at how media creators can use information density to help the consumers of the media, instead of telling them what happens, complete the scene themselves. Making a better piece overall. It’s explored through the lens of one of Mr. Robot’s more intense episodes. On that note, if you haven’t watched Mr. Robot, stop reading and watch it now....