"The things that I loved were very frail."

The things that I loved were very frail. Very fragile. I didn't know that. I thought they were indestructible. They weren't. - Cormac McCarthy

Relatedly, the start of a Twitter thread:

The thread is worth reading in it's entirety, as is his reply to another who makes an observation on tribalism's impact.

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Elon Musk's massive backup battery took just 140 milliseconds to respond to crisis at power plant
That's pretty impressive. Quoting the state energy minister: "Torrens Island power station would take half an hour to an hour to energise and synchronise into the market; the battery can do it in milliseconds."
Jordan Peterson and other public intellectuals
This seems to me about right: "over-rated by his fans on the right. But he is badly, badly, under-rated by smug leftists whose ability to understand opposing viewpoints pales in comparison with his."
Cancer ‘vaccine’ eliminates tumors in mice
"Injecting minute amounts of two immune-stimulating agents directly into solid tumors in mice can eliminate all traces of cancer in the animals, including distant, untreated metastases, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. ... One agent is currently already approved for use in humans; the other has been tested for human use in several unrelated clinical trials. A clinical trial was launched in January to test the effect of the treatment in patients with lymphoma."

Daniel Kahneman on the quality of intuition

We have no reason to expect the quality of intuition to improve with the importance of the problem. Perhaps the contrary: high-stake problems are likely to involve powerful emotions and strong impulses to action. - Daniel Kahneman

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Suicide bomber in ambulance kills at least 95, wounds 158, Kabul officials say
If you ever wonder why it might be a good idea to stop an ambulance at a security checkpoint even if it might slightly decrease the odds of a patient inside surviving, this is an example of why.
The struggle to conceive with frozen eggs: Brigitte Adams became the poster child for freezing your eggs. But things didn’t quite work out how she imagined.
To quote Gabriel Rossman: "Less a technology for managing fertility than managing anxiety about fertility."
Science Curiosity and Political Information Processing
"This article describes evidence suggesting that science curiosity counteracts politically biased information processing. ... It also reports data, observational and experimental, showing that science curiosity promotes open-minded engagement with information that is contrary to individuals’ political predispositions."

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