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On Medici and Thiel

“A few hundred years ago, Cosimo Medici kickstarted a financial empire. At that same time he began a grand tradition of patronage, of Donatello most notably.” His kids provided patronage to Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. Where have all the […]

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Why you’re Christian.

An essay by David Perell where he argues that a belief in God underpins everyone’s basis for human rights. Though he’s an atheist, his commitment to human rights means he’s, “implicitly committed to Christian ideas—or at the very least, a […]

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How should we do drugs now?

Michael Pollan suggests we’ll need a cultural framework to guide our nation’s relationship with drugs now that “just say no” is no longer our guiding principle. He points to the many indigenous cultures that have used ritual to keep useful […]

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The independent researcher.

“After digging around a bit, I was fascinated to learn that independent researchers were fairly common in the 18th and 19th centuries… These days, if you say you work in research, most people assume you work in academia.” | learn more

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Free knowledge and innovation

What happened when Andrew Carnegie funded ~1700 free libraries? “Sometimes obvious ideas work. If you want to encourage more innovation, give people better access to knowledge.” | learn more

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Founding vs inheriting institutions

Inside this post Balaji describes a concept of read-only culture: “the ability to repeat what an ancestor has handed down – but not recreate it from first principles.” It reminds me of cargo cults a bit. | learn more