Are We Too Smart or Too Dumb?

I’ve been a bit distracted this week (see: What I’ve Watched) but I was able to find just enough noteworthy reads to share. I really enjoyed the piece on Wait But Why, not just because it was about science but that it made me rethink what I thought I knew.

hat I’ve Read:

The Fermi Paradox | Wait But Why – This article explains why we haven’t made contact with aliens. There are two major theories at play; we are either too smart for extraterrestrial beings or too insignificant for them to care. I’m not sure which side of the line I fall on but I am humbled by the thought that we don’t know everything.

What Pet Should I Get… | Brain Pickings – Maria Popova shares this relatively unknown Dr. Suess children’s book. As Popova points out, this book illustrates the hazards of indecision and FOMO through the use of pets. It’s a nice reminder that not deciding is a decision and often a poor one.

What I’ve Watched:

Jeremy Lin Moonlights as eSports Analyst for ‘Dota 2’ Tournament | Bleacher Report – I was consumed with The International Dota 2 Championships, or TI5, this past week. This is the biggest Dota 2, and perhaps eSports, tournament of the year. The prize pool sits at $18 million with the winner taking away $6.5 million. It’s exciting to see video games covered by mainstream media especially when it features one of my favorite NBA players.

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