October Intellectual Discoveries

A deep vein of IQ points you can pick up one after the other

My goal with these monthly reading lists is to increase my (and your) global intelligence. I see a ton of stuff each month. These are my must-reads …

It’s not how many times they knock you down that counts, it’s how many times you get back up — A short piece I wrote about getting satisfaction out of your life.

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds — New Yorker

Incentive-Based Criminal-Justice Reform — An excellent thought piece on how to put skin in the game when fighting crime.

Character Lab

Indian Economic Reform: Much More than You Wanted to Know — Slate Star Codex

Smart Earpiece does real-time language translation — The future is here.

Nixon’s Treason — If you’re over 50, read this.

Is Amazon Unstoppable? — New Yorker

Ugly Gerry — a font in which each letter is a gerrymandered district.

Linear Thinking in a Nonlinear World — HBR

Who Becomes an Inventor in America?

1960: The Year the Singularity was Canceled — Slate Star Codex (highly recommended)

The Corruption Barometer for Africa

Doonesbury, Trump factoids edition

Not finding dark matter in an experiment is not evidence that dark matter doesn’t exist. — by Ethan Siegel in Starts with a Bang.

Why are so many Americans in Prison? — Not the reason you thought.

Metaculus — a fun prediction market that’s legal because no money changes hands.

The Inside Story of the Federal Bureau of Way Too Many Guns — Amazing

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David Siegel is a serial entrepreneur in Washington, DC. He is the founder of the Pillar Project and 2030. He is the author of The Token Handbook, Open Stanford, The Culture Deck, Climate Curious, and The Nine Act Structure. His newsletter is at CuttingThroughTheNoise.net. He gives speeches to audiences around the world — see his speaker page if you would like him to speak at your next event. His full body of work is at dsiegel.com.

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