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June 14 2015


April 24 2015

No ambitious [project] can afford to ignore the momentous goal of improving levels of emotional maturity [of its participants].
Towards Better Collaboration | The Book of Life
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February 24 2015


The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think | Johann Hari

Argues addiction is an adaptation to misery and lack of human connection; not a chemical dependence or a moral failing.
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October 11 2014

We [nerds/hackers] are still behaving like the rebel alliance, but now we’re the Empire. ...[Our] deeply-rooted tolerance of terrible behavior [is] driv[ing] people away. ...Our ingrained sense of victimization has become a perverse justification for bullying. ...

Our toleration of asshole behavior must end, and it’s such an integral part of nerd culture that nuking the entire thing from orbit is the only way to be sure.
Why nerd culture must die « Pete Warden
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September 24 2014

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July 24 2013

People interested in being "brutally honest" often seem more interested in the brutality part.
llamataboot @ Hacker News
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July 09 2013

Fostering an atmosphere conducive to confidence [...] produces competence [in people].

Remind people that it’s okay to learn visibly, instead of having to pretend to be entirely competent all of the time. Everyone can learn from the mistake that anyone makes – and mistakes are caught soon after they happen, so consequences can be minimised.

In contrast, in communities where competence is valued above all else, people feel they have to hide their mistakes. In such settings we routinely observe low volunteering rates from people in marginalised groups, with low retention from beginning volunteers, because people are too scared to ask for help or too scared to admit that they don’t know how things work. It’s a habit that leads to misunderstanding, and misunderstandings lead to bugs, and it’s generally an all-round disaster, in which nobody wins.
Tech confidence vs. tech competence | Geek Feminism Blog liberally quoted
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November 22 2012


October 08 2012

Those who depart from cultural or intellectual consensus need people to walk beside them and laugh with them to give them confidence. ...
We divide [groups] into cults and clubs, and dismiss the former for their insularity and the latter for their banality. The cult is the place where, cut off from your peers, you become crazy. The club is the place where, surrounded by your peers, you become boring. Yet if you can combine the best of those two – the right kind of insularity with the right kind of homogeneity – you create an environment both safe enough and stimulating enough to make great thoughts possible.
— Malcolm Gladwell (via)
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In modern societies there is no more poisonous idea than the belief that we just need to find a Great Leader and all problems are solved.
Complexity has no easy answers. There is nothing fundamental. No absolute laws. The right answer today might be slightly off by next month. We need to be nimble, adaptive, curious, outward-looking and evidence-driven.
Increasing complexity requires increasing agility | Gerry McGovern
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September 12 2012

As the culture evolves, people who benefitted from the old ways invariably see themselves as victims. Once you grasp the concept of privileged distress, you’ll see it everywhere: the rich feel “punished” by taxes; whites believe they are the real victims of racism; employers’ religious freedom is threatened when they can’t deny contraception to their employees — it goes on and on. ...

Supremacy itself isn’t hate. You may even have affection for the person you feel superior to. ... But supremacy turns to hate when the feeling of innate superiority is openly challenged. ....

[People experiencing privileged distress] deserve compassion, but [the actually oppressed] deserve justice. ... [we should] acknowledge their distress while continuing to point out the difference in scale. ... The ones who still want to be good people need to be offered hope that such an outcome is possible in this new world.
The Distress of the Privileged « The Weekly Sift liberally quoted (via maymay)
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August 20 2012

You know you're poor when you don't have a trans-local identity.
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August 10 2012

[They wanted to] investigate the causes—and possible remedies—of intergroup conflict.

How would they spark an intergroup conflict to investigate? Well, the 22 boys were divided into two groups of 11 campers, and—

—and that turned out to be quite sufficient.
The Robbers Cave Experiment - Less Wrong

August 02 2012

Play fullscreen
Peter Kruse: Digital Residents vs. Digital Visitors als Kampf kultureller Wertewelten.
(Exhibit A: Aktuelle Konflikte in der Österreichischen Piratenpartei.)

Weiters: Social Software erzwingt ein unaufhaltsames, grundlegendes Umdenken der Gesellschaft: Netzwerke mit positiven Rückkoppelungseffekten kann man nicht mehr unter Kontrolle bringen. Macht verschiebt sich vom Anbieter auf den Nachfrager. Das Selbstbewusstsein der Gesellschaft steigt. "Ihr werdet Euch noch wünschen, wir wären politikverdrossen!"
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July 18 2012

Rights are only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.
Thucydides (via elzr)
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June 27 2012


Spiral of silence - Wikipedia

suggested [self-reinforcing] process by which one opinion becomes dominant as those who perceive their opinion to be in the minority do not speak up for fear of isolation from society
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February 18 2012

Every group of people with an unusual goal – good, bad, or silly – will trend toward [becoming a cult] unless they make a constant effort to resist it.
Eliezer Yudkowsky: Every Cause Wants To Be A Cult - Less Wrong
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May 31 2011

In Ask culture, people grow up believing they can ask for anything – a favour, a pay rise– fully realising the answer may be no.

In Guess culture, by contrast, you avoid "putting a request into words unless you're pretty sure the answer will be yes… A key skill is putting out delicate feelers. If you do this with enough subtlety, you won't have to make the request directly; you'll get an offer. Even then, the offer may be genuine or pro forma; it takes yet more skill and delicacy to discern whether you should accept.

When an Asker meets a Guesser, unpleasantness results.
This column will change your life: The Guardian
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July 22 2010

It’s not enough to simply take the smartest kids and make them smarter. What’s just as important is teaching these young people to seek out strangers, to resist the tug of self-similarity and homogenization. Diversity can seem like a such a vague and wishy-washy aspiration, but it comes with measurable benefits. To the extent our meritocratic institutions diminish our social diversity – are your college buddies just like you? – they might actually make us less likely to succeed.
The Secret of Successful Entrepreneurs | Wired.com
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June 17 2008

The nerd is thought to have a level of authenticity that no other subculture can have, because the nerd is incapable of presenting himself in a false way.
Benjamin Nugent, "American Nerd" bestposts
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