“5 Questions to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills” by Ameet Ranadive:
A persuasive message is making an argument which attempts to convince us to believe certain things or act in certain ways. The argument’s goal is to convince us to believe a particular conclusion. The author or speaker wants you to believe the conclusion based on a number of statements called reasons. The basic structure of an argument is ‘this, because of that.’ This refers to the conclusion, and that refers to the reasons.
“Psychopaths Have Feelings: Can They Learn How to Use Them?” by Arielle Baskin-Sommers:
There is now substantial evidence that psychopaths can in fact experience emotions – but only under the right circumstances. And they can display normal emotional responses – when the emotion is part of their goal, or when they are invited to respond to perceptually simple basic shapes or single objects. Yet their reactions to the same stimuli are deficient when their attention is focused on an alternative goal or to a complex situation. This means that, while psychopaths are capable of experiencing and displaying emotions in some situations, what confounds them is complexity.
“As We May Think” by Vannevar Bush:
Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and, to coin one at random, “memex” will do. A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.
“Amazon is single-handedly disrupting the whole economy” by Roger McNamee & Chloe Aiello:
Amazon is not just disrupting industries, it is single-handedly disrupting the whole economy, according to Elevation Partners co-founder Roger McNamee, commenting on the apparent deal between Amazon’s cloud business and Cerner, one of the world’s biggest health tech companies. Amazon has been looking for a way into the health-care industry.
“The Harajuku Moment” by Chad Fowler:
A few years ago, sitting in the July heat on a wall in the Harajuku district of Tokyo, I came to a conclusion: I had let myself be a loser. At least, I had let myself become a partial loser. I was fat and unhappy. My skin looked grey. I was slowly killing myself. I was obese. I made excuses to myself and others. I used my success in other areas as a justification: I just wasn’t a fitness guy. It was bullshit.
“The Breakout Tech Company Of 2017” by Semil Shah:
For a while, on this blog, I attempted to pick one startup for that year which truly “broke out” of its shell. Dialing back the clock, one could say 2011 was Uber and Airbnb; in 2012, I wrote about Stripe; in 2013, I wrote about Snap; in 2014, I prematurely said there were none but then backtracked when Slack exploded; in 2015, I didn’t write one, and in 2016, my thesis was the big tech incumbents would grow even more powerful from the web’s and mobile’s network effects that startups wouldn’t even have the chance.