Best of the Web: Avoiding stupidity, vegan blindspots and Tesla as psycho-drama

I watched Avengers Endgame last weekend. I loved it. There’s a ton of links on articles on every aspect of the movie at the bottom of this page. Outside of that, today’s curated list includes life advice from the Stoics, how our memory works and the best way to date (for enduring relationships). On the health front, how to eat healthily at airports, dehydration issues and the benefits of dancing. In tech, Google will allow you to auto-delete history, some musings on Tesla and Microsoft and deflating the hype around the singularity. Enjoy!

Curious Corner

“I have read and agree to the Terms” is the biggest lie on the web. This tool deciphers what the Ts and Cs you are signing up to and how bad they are. 

How Long Does a Human Head Actually Remain Conscious After Being Cut Off?  Studies in other organisms have suggested that even 48-96 hours after death, gene expression and activity is still occurring and in some cases increasing in quantity.

Cosmos, Quantum and Consciousness: Is Science Doomed to Leave Some Questions Unanswered?   What happens when we cannot draw a clear line between the observer and the observed? … they potentially undermine the idea that science can explain “everything.”

Shade  How rich people have access to places with shade

An index of unreliable news websitesAggregates other measures and you can now check how unreliable that source is that arrived in your FB or WhatsApp feed!

How Google Search Terms Diffuse across the World Contrary to popular accounts, this study finds that cross-national diffusion is surprisingly rare—and seldom U.S. led—but occurs through a multichannel network with many different centers. 

Surgery Of Self-Help

88 Important Truths I’ve Learned About Life Includes nuggets like “You can’t change other people, and it’s rude to try” and  “It is a hundred times more difficult to burn calories than to refrain from consuming them in the first place.”

Avoiding Stupidity is Easier than Seeking BrillianceUses tennis as prism to discuss how to succeed. 

Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (109 Models Explained)  Includes “The Map is not the Territory”, “Circle of Competence” and “First Principles Thinking”

The Hidden Costs of Reminders Every time we receive a reminder email or phone notification, we are diverted from the activity we are doing at that moment.

Working Memory: A Complete Guide to How Your Brain Processes Information, Thinks and Learns4 components: the phonological loop, the visuospatial sketchpad, the central executive and episodic buffer.

How The Ancient Philosophy of Stoicism Can Help You Do Your Best Work Every Day  Includes great from Marcus Aurelius “It is essential for you to remember that the attention you give to any action should be in due proportion to its worth, for then you won’t tire and give up, if you aren’t busying yourself with lesser things beyond what should be allowed…” 

Dating Game

Here’s What Happened When I Went on Eight Therapist-Designed Dates  Scary but ensures relationship would become rock-solid. Date One is called  “Lean on Me: Trust & Commitment” and Date Two is “Agree To Disagree: Addressing Conflict”. A more light-hearted approach to dating: How to organise the perfect date night

Facebook wants to know which of your friends you have a “Secret Crush” onThe Secret Crush feature will let Facebook Dating users pick up to nine friends they’d like to date, and they’ll get a notification if the feeling is mutual. [What could go wrong;)]

Business School

How To Get Promoted At Work: 10 Best Advices On Job Success  The Machiavellian advice includes  “spend time with the winners”, and avoid “spending time with the losers”.

Love your job? Someone may be taking advantage of you   If someone is passionate about what they do, we see it as more legitimate to exploit them, according to new research

The Best Responses to “Are You Willing to Relocate?” Depending on Your Situation  Tackling this question also requires an understanding of why it’s asked—besides the obvious reason. For example “they’re trying to get a sense of the candidate’s degree of interest and flexibility”

Nutrition Nuggets

How to Eat Healthy in AirportsUseful tips including “some of their [Starbuck] breakfast sandwiches are especially good” (eg the egg-white sandwich on a whole-wheat English muffin or in a wrap)

How to Tell You’re Dehydrated (and How to Fix It)  For one thing, if you’re feeling thirsty, drink up

Have you gone vegan? Keep an eye on these 4 nutrients  Vitamin B12, Calcium, Iodine and Iron

In the World of Supplements, Should We Really Follow Elite Athletes?  worst case: too much vitamin consumption can be harmful to the body. For example, excess vitamin C or zinc can lead to gastrointestinal issues; too much Vitamin B-6 can cause nerve damage over time; vitamin A can cause headaches and liver damage; and regular high doses of vitamin D can lead to heart problems. 

Department Of Health

Could Your Immune System Be Making You Impulsive?  Researchers found that participants with higher levels of inflammation also tended to have a style of decision-making characterised by impulsivity, a focus on the present, and an inability to delay gratification. 

Is Dancing the Kale of Exercise?Research shows that dance offers a wealth of anti-aging benefits. It’s also fun.

How Weather Affects Your BodyWant to know what the weather is going to look like? Ask your knees.

‘Microbiome’ May Be Key to Autism Symptoms  Research is in its infancy, but it’s hoped that someday scientists might tweak the gut bacteria to ease digestive symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.

The Best Apps to Get Your Nature Fix On  Includes “Alltrails”, “MapMyRun” and “Charity Miles”

Release of “13 Reasons Why” Associated with Increase in Youth Suicide Rates  The book and Netflix show was big with teenagers.  “13 Reasons Why” tells the story of a young girl who kills herself and leaves behind a series of 13 tapes detailing the reasons why she chose to end her life. 

Tech Tonic

Forget about artificial intelligence, extended intelligence is the future  Challenging the cult of Singularity. AI won’t take over the world

Microsoft, Slack, Zoom, and the SaaS Opportunity Microsoft briefly became the third U.S. company, after Apple and Amazon, to achieve a market capitalization of over $1 trillion. This post discuss the business model and its future. 

What Did Tesla Do Now?  “In many ways, Tesla — Elon Musk’s lightning rod of a car company — is the perfect allegory for modern Silicon Valley. The ongoing psychodrama of personalities drowns out the amazing technical achievements that are happening all around us. “

Google will soon let you auto-delete activity and location dataNew controls can scrub your history after three months or longer.

These Plates Stop You From Instagramming Your Meal (Or Try to, Anyway)    The plates are embedded with multiple QR codes which many smartphones’ cameras will automatically recognize, prompting phones to open a webpage that reads “Nice Photo! But don’t forget to enjoy your dining companions as well.” (see picture at top of page)

Reading (and Film) Diet

The Information Diet  Author decides to start thinking about information as a diet to make it healthier and more diverse. Includes books and email newsletter recommendations. 

How to Read a Book: The Ultimate Guide by Mortimer Adler  Adler was a philosopher and author he founded “Great Books of the Western World” program. He discusses elementary reading, inspectional reading, analytical reading and syntopical reading

Q219 Vacation Reading ListSome good recommendations from FeldThoughts

Alien 40th Anniversary Short FilmsSome cool short films

Summer Movie Preview: 37 Movies to Watch Out For Includes Men Black International, Toy Story 4 and Annabelle Comes Home

All Things Avengers Endgame

Understanding the movie:

The Russo Brothers Try to Explain Captain America’s Wild Avengers: Endgame Twist

The Russo Brothers Have Clarified Why ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Doesn’t Have A Post-Credits Scene

The ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Directors Are Defending A Controversial Aspect Of The Movie

A Mournful Guide To Everyone Who Dies In Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Who Was That Mystery Character During The Final ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Scene?

In context of Marvel Universe:

From Iron Man to Avengers: Endgame: all 22 Marvel movies, rankedEndgame doesn’t come out as #1

The Original Avengers, Ranked From Hawkeye To BestRanking the members of the Avengers

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Is Already The Highest Grossing Film Of 2019 So Far After Less Than A Week  It’s already made $1.48 billion worldwide!

A Guide to Marvel’s Death, Who Is So Much More than Thanos’ Muse

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Settles A Long-Standing Captain America Question That Goes Back To ‘Age Of Ultron’

With ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ The True Thor Trilogy Comes To An End

The Narrative Experiment That Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Beards of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked

What’s next:

What does Avengers: Endgame mean for the Black Widow movie?

How Avengers: Endgame perfectly sets up Disney’s upcoming Loki series

Avengers: Endgame Could Hold Surprising Clues About Black Panther 2

What Will The Next Big Avengers Team Up Look Like After ‘Endgame’?

Here’s How ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Will Dance Around ‘Avengers: Endgame’

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