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Finding Truth in History
Funnily enough, Berlin clarifies that Tolstoy “believed that only by patient empirical observation could any knowledge be obtained.” But he also believed “that simple people often know the truth better than learned men, because their observation of men and nature is less clouded by empty theories.”

Unhelpfully, Tolstoy's position amounts to “the more you know, the less you learn.”
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yesterday by JohnDrake
Distraction Is Actually Ruining This Country | WIRED
I’ll leave you with these prescient words of social scientist Herb Simon, published in 1971:

“In an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.”
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yesterday by sandykoe
Du bon sens en mathématiques
Vivant et pédagogique, Jordan Ellenberg explique comment éviter des pièges de la vie courante grâce aux statistiques et à la logique.
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