Linking Out Loud #16

By David Laing

David Laing

Hey everyone,

I'm experimenting with a new format. If you have any feedback, I would love to hear it. (You can reply to this email.)

Thank you for reading. I'm grateful that you want to hear from me every week.

To my American readers, have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Tidy up so you can make a useful mess

1 minute | me

An under-appreciated benefit of habitually tidying up is that it gives you more confidence to make useful messes. A few examples...

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Context-Sensitivity and the Introvert Experience

5 minutes | Byrne Hobart

Consider the Big Five personality traits: Openness to experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. Is the modern world increasingly being built by and for people who are low on extraversion and high on openness to experience?

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always bet on text

2 minutes | graydon2

Video, audio, virtual reality… all overrated, according to this brief argument. Why should you always bet on text?

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Can somebody volunteer to take notes?

8 minutes | Tanya Reilly

Useful reflections on when, why, and how to take notes in a meeting.

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The Land and Expand Strategy for Reading

7 minutes | Cedric Chin

When you want to learn about a new topic, don’t start with a textbook. First, aim to “land” on the topic by reading stories and everyday examples.

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Efficient Charity: Do Unto Others...

7 minutes | Scott Alexander

Not all charities are made equal. If you want to do good with your charitable giving, why not aim to do the most good per dollar?

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