VIDEOS, ARTICLES, AND OTHER LINKS
An article from The Atlantic questions the whole idea of college in the modern economy. “The labor market doesn’t pay you for the useless subjects you master; it pays you for the preexisting traits you signal by mastering them.”
Gizmodo has a fantastic explanation of how DNA testing kits work. “Four tests, four very different answers about where my DNA comes from—including some results that contradicted family history I felt confident was fact. What gives?” [...] “They’re not telling you where your DNA comes from in the past,” he told me, “They’re telling you where on Earth your DNA is from today.”
Julie Beck from The Atlantic wonders why we forget most of the books we read. An absolutely apt description of my brain. “Surely some people can read a book or watch a movie once and retain the plot perfectly. But for many, the experience of consuming culture is like filling up a bathtub, soaking in it, and then watching the water run down the drain. It might leave a film in the tub, but the rest is gone.”
The always excellent YouTube channel Kurzgesagt will make you think about the size of animals in all sorts of fun/disturbing ways. Part 1 and part 2.
BBC's Blue Planet 2 finally started airing in the US last weekend. It's incredible and if you are a cable cutter like me the first episode is free on the BBC America app.
That's all for this week!
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