Mars, Pink Floyd's Marooned, commonplace books, supreme courts, and more
Seven links to worthwhile thin(g/k)s
Hello dear reader,
We are past the mid-point of February, we’re still in a pandemic, and we’re now on Mars. What times we live in.
Here are seven links to bits of the world I have been exploring this week, shared with the hope that you will find them to be an inspiring springboard for deeper thinking.
Commonplace books: I learned this week there was a formal term for doing what so many writers and creatives do when they engage in a sort of scrapbooking, or collecting writings under a common theme. It’s called commonplacing. Here’s one by American writer Denis Johnson on writing.
Martian landing: Some of the first high-res color images of Perseverance on Mars. Incredible. Couple it with Pink Floyd’s Marooned and you’ve got a stellar soundtrack to our exploration of Mars (and an exploration of ourselves as tiny specks of insignificance, or hope, depending on your perspective ;))
Supreme Court of Facebook: I first heard of Mark Zuckerberg’s answer to Facebook’s unaccountable freedom of speech mess in the midst of political scandal when he said in an interview a couple of years ago that he planned to create a Facebook Supreme Court. People scoffed and considered him over his head. Yet, here we are, in full force.
Deduction, induction, and education: When it comes to education, do you agree that America is application-first, and other parts of the world such as Russia and Germany are principle-first?
Wikenigma: As a nod to brilliant, intelligent friends telling me they suffer paralysis and don’t know what fresh research to present to the world, here we have a curiosity catalyst “documenting fundamental gaps in human knowledge.”
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I'm from Mumbai, India but now live in South Germany. I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoy receiving your beautiful little newsletter, Postscript, and the joy it adds to my weekends.
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Until next week,