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I was talking to some people familiar with Russia and the war in Ukraine, and they pointed out something I hadn't considered. Putin couldn't pull out even if he wanted to, because it would make him look so weak at home that he'd probably be ousted in a coup.
18 days ago
Amusing pattern I've noticed among great portraitists: they often paint their subjects to look like themselves. Allan Ramsay, who had an underbite, often gives his sitters one. t.co/sqFzUXLqUH
19 days ago
10 yo is preparing for a standardized test. He got a big encyclopedia of science from the school library that he reads during breaks. With great reluctance I had to tell him that science is not "on the test" and he should read dumb test-prep guides instead.
20 days ago
This ranking of universities looks roughly correct. The big mistake in the article is the claim that the higher ranked universities are better at "producing" founders. t.co/mad4l20LMV
27 days ago
The easiest people to trick are those who want to believe something false.
29 days ago
When people say that technology can't help prevent climate change, it's either a profession of faith or a prediction about the future of technology. And since no one can predict the future of technology, it's basically always a profession of faith.
This may not be the most important problem facing Twitter, but it will be an early, visible test of Elon's effectiveness. Can he stop the crypto spammers? t.co/uwa0YQXPMt
A selection process will be unbiased only if (a) the later performance of those selected is measured and (b) the selectors are judged according to this.