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Links van 11 augustus 2018 tot 12 augustus 2018

What Caused the Dinosaur Extinction? – The Atlantic
A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she’s reopened that debate.

Jeremy Corbyn for U.K. prime minister – Opinion – Israel News | Haaretz.com
Anyone who wants to see the world take action against the Israeli occupation should dream of Corbyn. Corbyn has been declared the next enemy of the Jews. Viktor Orban is a righteous among the nations; the American alt-right is the rock of Israel and its savior; Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ leader who called to kill millions “like Hitler,” is a welcome guest in Israel – and Corbyn is the enemy of the people. The Jewish establishment in Britain and Israeli propaganda have taken out a contract on him, to foil his election: He’s an anti-Semite, Labor is anti-Semitic, Jewish life in Britain is in “existential danger,” no less, as three British Jewish newspapers cried out in a joint editorial.

Why decentralized social networking never makes it — ever heard of Crossing the Chasm? – Upon 2020
decentralized social networking will never amount to anything unless it solves at least one real, burning problem much better than the centralized alternatives

She’s the world’s top empathy researcher. But colleagues say she bullied and intimidated them | Science | AAAS
Tania Singer, a celebrated neuroscientist and director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, is known as one of the world’s foremost experts on empathy. In her research, she has sought to demonstrate that meditation can make people more kind and caring. The title of a profile of Singer written by this reporter in 2013 summed up her public image: Concentrating on Kindness. But inside her lab, it was a very different story, eight former and current colleagues say in interviews with Science. The researchers, all but one of whom insisted on remaining anonymous because they feared for their careers, describe a group gripped by fear of their boss. “Whenever anyone had a meeting with her there was at least an even chance they would come out in tears,” one colleague says.

The World’s Newest, Most Gloriously Designed Maps – Atlas Obscura
Calling all map enthusiasts: the North American Cartographic Information Society will soon be releasing the 2018 Atlas of Design, its latest compendium of the world’s newest and best maps.

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  1. Ugh. Dat artikel van upon2020. Van open deuren instampen gesproken. Also je zo afgeeft op decntrale sociale netwerken en puur door de lens van een product denkt: dan begrijp je het verkeerd. Mensen stappen niet over naar Mastodon omwille van de functionele features, maar omdat ze het beu zijn dat Twitter knoeit met wat ze zien, de eigen regels niet consequent toepast en ze het product zijn voor advertisers. Dit gaat over de waarden en normen waarmee mee men zich wil identificeren. Natuurlijk lost decentraal niet alles op. Maslow’s hamer en al. Anderzijds, het Web is altijd al au fond decentraal geweest. En dat biedt juist vrijheid om te kiezen. Of zoals Bender het zou zeggen: “I’m gonna build my own lunar base with Blackjack and hookers.” Ayup.

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