Your October IQ Points

Here are the contrails of my web wanderings. If it’s here, it’s a “must read” or “must watch” …

Surprise! Swordfish are doing rather well.

Stop using Google to search for health advice! Use these evidence-based databases instead.

The amazing START terrorist database — free data to help us cross the river of myths about terrorism.

Hire me to speak at your next event:

A quick math quiz — try it!

More evidence against obstetricians in normal childbirth — study.

How to safely defuse someone who is wrong — article.

The full Debunking Handbook — PDF.

The AirBar turns your laptop screen into a tablet:

Just in case you still haven’t heard: drinking cow’s milk does you no good — NY Times article

The proportion of zeroes to other digits is on the rise — fascinating

Ship prototypes, launch and learn — great inspiring article on the “ready, fire, aim” approach to product development.

One of GE’s engine plants outperforms its peers, and it’s completely flat.

Good short piece on magical thinking — New York Times

CTRL Labs may change the way we use computers. The good news: it’s amazing. The less-good news: they were bought by Facebook.

RootClaim — a community for Bayesians.

I’m not a supporter of @prageru, they are religious conservatives, BUT they do excellent work in their videos on climate. Here is their latest:

Somik Raha on discovering your intrinsic organizational values — amazing, must watch.

Real-estate tokenization in Hong Kong, a report. — a watering hole for risk mavens

A classic: “The Insanity of the What-by-When,” by Brian Robertson

Hans Rosling delivers an outstanding talk on wrongology — TED talk

Brandolini’s Law (Brandolini was an optimist).

The Rise and Fall of Silk Road — the amazing story of Ross Ulbricht, extremely well told and grippingly readable. He isn’t a saint, he went too far and got too full of himself, but it’s hard not to feel sympathy for him and his ideals. From jail, he blogs here on Medium.

I just discovered Bret Victor. Fascinating.

Declining Dynamism — paper.

If you’re interested in stable coins, money, or monetary policy, head over to The Digital Money Book — I keep it updated regularly.

David Siegel is a serial entrepreneur in Washington, DC. He is the founder of the Pillar Project. He is the author of The Token Handbook, The Digital Money Book, Open Stanford, The Culture Deck, Climate Curious, and The Nine Act Structure. He gives speeches to audiences around the world and online. His full body of work is at



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David Siegel

Provocateur, professional heretic, slayer of myths, speaker of truthiness to powerfulness, and defender of the Oxford comma.