Five Things #41 / by Ross Farley

Every Wednesday I share five things I liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. Some midweek inspiration from Derek Sivers. — Obvious to you. Amazing to others.
  2. A fascinating long read on a small group of people who never forget. My first instinct was that it must be like having a superpower, pretty cool! But can you imagine never forgetting anything? On reflection it sounds more like a curse. This quote stood out to me: "Memory is not about looking backwards, that is not why we have it. It’s there so that your past experiences will make you more adaptive in the here and now and in the future."
  3. I've been listening to Note To Self's Privacy Paradox series. Which led me to the University Of Cambridge's Apply Magic Sauce personality prediction tool. As a test, I copied last week's Five Things post into the tool and it returned a scarily accurate description of my personality, and my correct age. It's disturbing to think how predictable we all are and how exploitable that makes us as we hand over so much personal data online. Advertisers must love it.
  4. I really enjoyed Radiolab's latest podcast, Stranger in Paradise. It's the story of how a dead raccoon changed the history of Guadeloupe forever.
  5. Following on from last week's musical recommendation. Here's another, Noveller performing No Dreams

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