Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-05-31
War and Peace – Our World in DataIt would be wrong to believe that the past was peaceful. One reason why some people might have this impression is that many of the past conflicts feature less prominently in our memories, they are simply forgotten. An overview of all the conflicts for which we have an estimate of the number of fatalities is shown in the visualization below. palewire/nrol-39-logo: A vector PDF of the official mission logo of NROL-39 Oregon Zoo on Twitter: “Ball python https://t.co/Z4yD4f0avG” / Twitter How can we develop transformative tools for thought?In fact, there are many ways of redesigning the essay medium to do that. Before showing you our prototype, please pause for a moment and consider the following questions: how could you build a medium to better support a person’s memory of what they read? What interactions could easily and enjoyably help people consolidate memories? And, more broadly: is it possible to 2x what people remember? 10x? And would that make any long-term difference to their effectiveness?
I ended up talking to David on the bus from the Medical Campus to Monroe Park. We started off talking a bit about cameras. From there I found out David has six children. Four of those children are adopted. He believes strongly in trying to do good in the world and this is part of that effort. David’s a very devout Christian and referenced God repeatedly in our conversation. He did it in a way that seemed very natural. We talked a bit about how much children learn from their parents and their actions even when that isn’t the intent. David talked about how he teaches a course and on radiology transportation (his current occupation). He talks about starting the class focusing on making good choices and how, with that foundation, everything else can be learned in time. David’s brother died about a year ago in a car accident and was an organ donor. He was there when the hospital called his father to confirm the organ donation. His father couldn’t answer the question and gave the phone to David who agreed that all the organs should be donated except the eyes. “Because the eyes are the windows to the soul.” All in all, a pretty intense and wide-ranging conversation for a short bus ride.