Egyszer volt, hol nem volt, volt egyszer egy még meg nem született fiúcska. Nem volt még neve sem, és igazából hús vér sem volt még. Egy adag, -de lehet ,hogy inkább kettő- puha színes szivárványfelhő volt ő. Úgy formázta magát ahogyan csak akarta. Akkor már ott ült egy jó ideje a felhők szélén, és azon morfondírozott, hogy mit is csinálhatna még ebben a könnyű, szabad létében. Mit nem próbált még? Vagy legalább is egy jó szivárvány ideje.
Neuroscientist Uri Hassan, whose Hassan Lab at Princeton studies brain responses to real-life events, has studied how the brain processes sped-up speech. He pointed out that even at normal speed, most people don't catch every single word that's being said. "If you make it one-third faster, it's almost perfect — they don't lose a lot," he said. He also noted that the brain is able to easily adapt to different speaking speeds. "Your brain responses become slower when I speak slowly, and brain responses become faster when I speak faster." But, he cautioned, comprehension starts to break down around 2x, and at 3x "it really breaks down."
It’s not called that. What it’s called is “freedom,” but “freedom” means a subordination to the decisions of concentrated, unaccountable, private power. That’s what it means. The institutions of governance—or other kinds of association that could allow people to participate in decision making—those are systematically weakened. Margaret Thatcher said it rather nicely in her aphorism about “there is no society, only individuals.”
“The frightening reality,” Ford says, is that “we may face the prospect of a ‘perfect storm’ where the impacts from soaring inequality, technological unemployment, and climate change unfold roughly in parallel, and some ways amplify and reinforce each other.” Unsurprisingly, he believes the only plausible solution is some form of universal basic income.
“Brave men are all vertebrates,” said G.K. Chesterton. “They have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle. But these modern cowards are all crustaceans; their hardness is all on the cover, and their softness is inside.”
Americans are spending way too much on housing. Devoting 30% of pre-tax income on housing costs is considered the standard for affordability, but most Americans are spending nearly 40% (with many spending even more: one in four renters spends more than half their income). For buyers, inventory shortages have pushed up real estate prices, with expensive markets like San Francisco — where the median home value tops $1 million — seeing hardly any houses change hands. Skyrocketing prices across the country are slowing the housing market recovery, with home sales falling to an 11-month low in July.