Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Shane Parrish talks to Philip Tetlock on The Knowledge Project (LINK)
Related book: Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
Google and NASA Hope Lightning-Fast Computers Will Unlock the Secrets of Nature [H/T Matt] (LINK)

Ian Morris' latest lecture at the LSE (audio) (LINK) [His first lecture as part of this series is available HERE.]
20,000 years ago, ‘international relations’ meant interactions between tiny foraging bands; now it means a global system. Philippe Roman Chair Ian Morris explains how the growth of the international system and the shifts of power within it are linked to geography and energy extraction. In tracing this story, Professor Morris asks: Why were the world’s greatest powers concentrated in western Eurasia until about AD 500? Why did they shift to East Asia until AD 1750? Why did they return to the shores of the North Atlantic? And where will they go next? 
For male peacock spiders, the best dancers get the girl (LINK)