Reading List

This list shows the last 20 articles that I saved to my Pocket account and that I haven't read yet, it updates automatically when I archive them.

Most of the articles are about science, politics and a bit of philosophy, have fun!


Of God and Machines

11 minutes
Of God and Machines

Miracles can be perplexing at first, and artificial intelligence is a very new miracle. “We’re creating God,” the former Google Chief Business Officer Mo Gawdat recently told an interviewer. “We’re summoning the demon,” Elon Musk said a few years ago, in a talk at MIT.

How are women faring as Afghanistan’s problems deepen?

How are women faring as Afghanistan’s problems deepen?

On Wednesday, July 6 at 19:30 GMT: The future for women and girls in Afghanistan remains uncertain after a Taliban-convened grand assembly of religious elders ended without any changes to a ban on girls attending high school.

The innovative technology that powered the Inca

7 minutes
The innovative technology that powered the Inca

In the 15th and early 16th Centuries, a small island in Lake Titicaca was one of South America's most important religious sites. Revered as the birthplace of the Sun, the Moon and the Inca dynasty, Isla del Sol ("Island of the Sun") drew pilgrims from across the Andes.

2 - A history of HTML

HTML has had a life-span of roughly seven years. During that time, it has evolved from a simple language with a small number of tags to a complex system of mark-up, enabling authors to create all-singing-and-dancing Web pages complete with animated images, sound and all manner of gimmicks.

Yes, the Universe really is 100% reductionist in nature

10 minutes
Yes, the Universe really is 100% reductionist in nature

Here’s a statement, and you can experience for yourself how you feel about it: the fundamental laws that govern the smallest constituents of matter and energy, when applied to the Universe over long enough cosmic timescales, can explain everything that will ever emerge.

Brain Mechanism Underlying Evolution of Anxiety

Brain Mechanism Underlying Evolution of Anxiety

Summary: The VMAT1 gene evolved through natural selection in human evolution. Those with the Ile-type variant of the VMAT1 gene are less prone to anxiety and depression. Monoamine neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine play important roles in our cognitive and emotional functions.

A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

6 minutes
A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

Meritocracy has become a leading social ideal. Politicians across the ideological spectrum continually return to the theme that the rewards of life—money, power, jobs, university admission—should be distributed according to skill and effort.

How I Started to See Trees as Smart

7 minutes
How I Started to See Trees as Smart

A couple of decades ago, on a backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada, I was marching up a mountain solo under the influence of LSD. Halfway to the top, I took a break near a scrubby tree pushing up through the rocky soil.