China’s Belt And Road Plan To Reshape The International Order: …the West may find itself out-competed in three different areas: First, it may find itself displaced in terms of the norms of international relations and development. Second, the economic infrastructure of development itself may be increasingly under Chinese political control. Finally, the sorts of deals
LINKS Into the Empty: Designer Realities: Coming To A Life Near You! With UFO’s and other things which officially ‘do not exist’ for large segments of the population, there’s no need to wonder ‘where they are from’ if you aren’t seeing them: You’re simply not part of the club of people who are. Witnesses are
FLAGS Via Slate Star Codex: A Reddit page devoted to somnivexillology, the study of flags that appear in dreams. NIETZSCHE 3 a.m. Magazine interview with Keith Ansell-Pearson on Nietzsche: Nietzsche holds that the first philosophers on the planet, figures such as Heraclitus or Empedocles, were outsiders and abnormalities and they fashioned what he calls new
AWE How awe sharpens our brains: Does awe promote a state of mind where we suck up information from our environment like a sponge, with little conscious effort? Does awe disable the filters, created by our expectations, through which we usually perceive the world? Why are some people very awe-prone, and others not so much?
BILLIONAIRES Elon Musk is making $600 flamethrowers. CHAOS AND ORDER Quillette interviews Jordan Peterson. An excerpt: Q: How do I go about meditating on my shadow? A: I think you consult your resentment. I think you can do it in the normal confines of your life. There are things that confront you, that
AFFLUENCE The world of selling and renting private jets: DEBT How one couple paid off $44,000 in student-loan debit in one year: We decided we would just basically go all in together, we would have our joint account. We would still have personal accounts for small stuff, but all of our bills and
You may have noticed on my website’s home page, I feature this quote in a sidebar widget: True beauty is something that attacks, overpowers, robs, and finally destroys. The line is from Japanese author Yukio Mishima. I’m not sure how I first happened upon Mishima’s work — I may have noticed author Jack Donovan reference
ADDICTION —Ben Beaumont-Thomas on how the prescription drug epidemic is manifesting itself in hip-hop music: Rap has always told its drug stories in more than just its lyrics. Snoop conjured the sensuality of his own buzz through his very vocal cadence and languorous G-funk backing, as well as his words. In Houston’s “chopped and screwed” scene,