Scott MacLeod

Five Things – 31-12-16

Welcome to the final Five Things for 2016, I hope you’ve been enjoying them. I know a lot of people have been decrying this as not a great year so I though I’d share a few articles showing some the more positive stories of 2016. Ryan Holiday on Reading, What it Means to be a Stoic, and How to Take Notes—The Knowledge Project Anyone who talks to me about personal philosophies will often hear me mention Stoicism, in this interview with Ryan Holiday by Shane Parrish from Farnham Street, Holiday explains the Stoic philosophy and how he learnt to take notes from Robert Greene....

Five Things – 24-12-16

As Far As Your Brain is Concerned, Audiobooks Are Not ‘Cheating’—New York Magazine For all those fans of audio books out there, science is backing you up. Once you’re a competent reader your brain is so used to reading that it’s around the same effort to listen to it. The article also mentions some other draw backs for both forms of consuming words, but overall it doesn’t matter that much....

Five Things – 17-12-16

The Internet With a Human Face—beyond tellerrand In a world where tracking online is increasing everyday, there reaches a point where you need to question what happens to that data, and what responsibility do the collectors of the data have to the people it features? Maciej Ceglowski explores this in his talk at beyond tellerrand Düsseldorf 2014. He also explores how this collection of data has effected the development of the internet, and how it effects internet company valuations....

Five Things – 10-12-16

The Most Gruesome Parasites – Neglected Tropical Diseases – NTDs —Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell In a world where we are bombarded by bad news, it’s good to hear about the near victory over NTDs. It was also promising to hear that the drug companies were willing to donate the drugs to combat these diseases. The Strange Case of Tennie White—The Intercept This article explores the evens surrounding the conviction of Tennie White for “faking laboratory testing results and lying to federal investigators....

Five Things – 03-12-16

Nobody is Home—Aeon There is no place like home, however more and more people these days find themselves without a place to call home. This article explores how people need a home to feel like they have a place in the world, and the growing lack of people who have a true home is leading to larger problems. Whiplash vs. Black Swan — The Anatomy of the Obsessed Artist—Lessons from the Screenplay I’m loving the increase in people who are taking the time to put together such in depth video analysis of movies, both their themes and their production....

Five Things – 26-11-16

Can Hypothermia Save Gunshot Victims?—The New Yorker It’s interesting that a technique that has the strong potential to save people’s lives is hit with so much controversy… I think Peter Safa and Sam Tisherman should be commended for pushing forward against the controversy for decades to get to the human trail stage. TITANPOINTE: The NSA’s Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain Sight—The Intercept Why hiding in plain sight is sometimes the best option, a look inside a well regarded skyscraper that has existed on the New York skyline for decades....

Five Things – 19-11-16

Human Population Through Time—American Museum of Natural History This is a very interesting visualisation, showing the spread of humans across the planet. It was very fitting for me to see this this week, as I’m currently listening to Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari which is a ridiculously interesting read. Biology Enables. Culture Forbids.—Farnam Street This is the article which convinced me to read Sapiens, it explores the reality that if we can do it, by definition it is natural....

Five Things – 12-11-16

Venezuela, a Failing State—The New Yorker A scary look into the economic collapse of a country. There is a lot of bad things happening in Venezuela at the moment, and William Finnegan was very brave to travel there and to report on the situation. This is one of the best showings of what happens when the rulers of a country have too much power, and aren’t beholden to the people....

Five Things – 05-11-16

The Mistake Smart People Make: Being In Motion vs. Taking Action—James Clear A short but interesting article exploring the difference between actually getting work done and doing work to feel busy. As always work without shipping isn’t worth much. To make sure you’re shipping I can suggest checking out James Clear’s other articles on the Ivy Lee Method, and Warren Buffett’s “2 List” Strategy, which will help you prioritise the work to be done....

Five Things – 29-10-16

3 Rules for Rulers—CGP Grey Another interesting video from CGP Grey exploring the topic of what it takes to stay in power both in a dictatorship and in democracy.  CGP Grey is one of my favourite YouTube channels, as he explores topics in such depth, and takes such a long time to polish the videos. Here are some of my other favourites: Humans Need Not Apply The Simple Solution to Traffic Should all locks have keys?...