This is Monthly Mentor, a monthly list of things I discovered that you might like. Enjoy!
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- [ Philosophy 6:53 ] The Self is an Illusion - Much of the talk about consciousness is centered around religion. Sam Harriss takes a sober approach to the inherently spiritual question of consciousness. I expected this video to be cold/bleak but it was actually quite encouraging. (link to youtube)
- [ Hackers 52:12 ] Keys are frighteningly unsecure - This talk is both fun to watch and frightening at the same time. It turns out many 'secure' objects/buildings/machines are using the same keys and sometimes even work without a key. (link to youtube)
- [ Hackers 31:27 ] How to kill someone (on paper) - It turns our the government's process to register someone as dead is easy to hack. This could be used for all sorts of fraud. This talk is absolutely fascinating. (link to youtube)
- [ Comedy 25:49 ] White House Correspondents' Dinner - Hasan Minhaj (comedy central, daily show) delivered a hilarious and politically blunt performance. (link to youtube)
- [ Comedy 13:16 ] Stand up routine about spreadsheets - Most geeky stand up I've ever seen. Loved it. (link to youtube)
- [ Mechanics 9:30 ] Differential steering - A car where the 4 wheels can move at independent speeds does not have 4 engines. Instead it uses a surprisingly simple mechanism. (link to youtube)
- [ Article ] Bose headphones spy on listeners - The headline is a bit sensational since they only spy if you use their app. But yes, Bose was tracking what their users were listening to without asking their permission. And then they sold the information. (link to article)
- [ Wikipedia ] Strauss-Howe generationsl theory - This theory describes generational cycles of high/awakening/unraveling/crisis a society goes through. It is a very interesting lens to look at our current situation through. (link to wiki) (link to historical analysis)
- [ Article ] Marriage tax penalty/bonus - Depending on your income, getting married will set you back financially. The system rewards traditional families and punishes more 'emancipated' couples. While US centric is is an interesting read for any nationality. (link to taxfoundation)
- [ Chapter ] How did Einstein reach his Special Relativity theory - This is not a breakdown of how the theory works per se. It details semi-chrolonogically how Einstein developed his theory over time. (link to University of Pittsburgh)
YOU SHOULD KNOW
- [ Reddit ] Fat reduction in specific spots is not a thing - Exercising your abs to lose abdominal fat for exmple does not work. Exercise and diet only affect overall fat levels. That is not to say exercising muscles will not increase their size and thus make them more visible. (link to reddit comment with sources)
- [ Faith in Humanity ] Malaria vaccine being introduced - The world's first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi. (link to BBC)
- [ Flowchart ] How to prioritise your spending - This is a US centric chart showing how to most effectively grow your wealth. (link to flowchart)
- [ Historical Analysis ] The food pyramid was altered to suit the food industry - The original didn't suit the interests of the grain industry. Through some targeted lobbying multiple generations who tried to live a healthy lifestyle screwed themselves over. (link to blog post)
- Grass cells under a microscope look very happy:
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