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TED talk notes #3, Noah Feldman: Politics and religion are technologies

politics and religion are analyzable as technologies, via conceptual design
democracy is a way to channel power from many into hands of few
Islam – means of construing universe as way to bring salvation to its followers
to achieve goals: peace, justice, equality as viewed within its doctrine
there isn’t a clear symbol for democracy or Islam, as such are subject to wide interpretation
“because they’re technologies, they’re manipulable”
democracy and Islam are portrayed as incompatible, but technologies are more malleable than that
an Egyptian activist group was blocked from forming a party which presented a combination of democracy and Islam

Interesting articles I recently read: Mosquitoes, Palantir, F1 Racing, Trolls, and the Amazon (rainforest)
Sunday October 18, 2020

How Mosquitoes Helped Shape the Course of Human History [Smithsonian Mag] We don’t know yet if mosquitoes have an absolute purpose ecologically. The males do drink nectar and pollinate plants, but not to the degree that other insects do, like bees. They don’t ingest waste, like some other insects do. As far as we know, […]

Genius: A self-interested obsession that becomes useful or important
Saturday October 17, 2020

That’s my one-line takeaway from PG’s essay, The Bus Ticket Theory of Genius. A few excerpts below: Which leads us to the second feature of this kind of obsession: there is no point. A bus ticket collector’s love is disinterested. They’re not doing it to impress us or to make themselves rich, but for its […]

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