Suggested readings, #41

Here are some interesting articles I’ve come across recently, for your consideration:

Harvard just discovered that PowerPoint is worse than useless. Intuitively, anecdotally, and scientifically, PowerPoint may be the worst business [and educational] tool ever created. (

How science fiction imagined the 2020s. What ‘Blade Runner,’ cyberpunk, and Octavia Butler had to say about the age we’re entering now. (Medium)

Behavioral economics’ latest bias: seeing bias wherever it looks. (Bloomberg)

The Stoicism of Augustus. The lost Exhortations to Philosophy. (Medium)

Death by design. We can chose how we live – why not how we leave? A free society should allow dying to be more deliberate and imaginative. (Aeon)

4 Japanese concepts to transform your state of mind. Sometimes we just don’t have the words. (Medium)

Scotland must not become another Catalonia. (Jacobin)

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Massimo is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He blogs at and He is the author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life.

2 thoughts on “Suggested readings, #41”

  1. Given that Taleb is a Trumper and Gigerenzer (who does have good things to say on statistical illiteracy) has reportedly been making some of these claims for a long time? I’d say that, if not all wet, they’re at least 50 percent wet. And that THEY may have axes they’re grinding.

    Let’s be an economist and call it the Taleb-Gigerenzer effect. ;)

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