last reading list for Dec 2018

can you believe i just learned what ‘haruspex’ means? in any case, let’s get this out of the drafts!

When You Get That Wealthy, You Start to Buy Your Own Bullshit”: The Miseducation of Sheryl Sandberg  
Let’s be clear about this: in business, as in life, there isn’t always one correct answer. So the teaching of a decision-making philosophy that is deliberate and systematic, but still open-minded, is hardly controversial on its face. But to help students overcome the fear of sounding stupid and being remorselessly critiqued, they are reminded, in case after case—and with emphasis—that there are no right answers. And that has had the unfortunate effect of opening up a chasm of moral equivalence in too many of their graduates.

And yet, there are obviously many situations where some answers are more right than others. Especially when it comes to moral issues like privacy, around which both Sandberg and Facebook have a history of demonstrating poor judgment. While H.B.S. is correct in its assertion that it produces people who can make decisions, the fact of the matter is that they have never emphasized how to make the right ones.

When Your Body Says No We were built to break down. Throughout the course of human history, 40 years was more than enough time for us to sire children, run down the meat to feed them, and wink at the grandkids before death by sabertooth. In the cosmic roll of things, by middle age we’re taking up space.

And yet, if you’re like me, you’re caught off guard one day when you spur your body on and your body balks. It’s bewildering, this betrayal of the flesh. In the span of a moment, you’ve left one place and arrived at another. You see that you can never go back. And with this knowledge a peculiar grief descends.

Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained – i’ll be honest, i still don’t quite get gritty but this is a pretty good introduction!

Colonialism and ASEAN Identity: Inherited “mental barriers” hindering the formation of a collective ASEAN identity – While I find the historical background of this to be useful, I’m not sure if I’m with the modern section of this essay. ASEAN members don’t have the the monopoly in being zealous boundary policing agents of national sovereignty.

The Highest Stage of Colonialism? PJ Thum: In this talk, I cover Singapore’s political development and evolution under the ruling People’s Action Party, how this history has shaped and constrained the current government and politics in Singapore, and how this fits into contemporary Southeast Asia. I also take some questions from the Stanford students and staff. We hope you find this talk interesting. Our regular discussion will be back in two weeks time. Enjoy!

The Steele Dossier: A RetrospectiveOur interest in revisiting the compilation that has come to be called the “Steele Dossier” concerns neither of those topics, at least not directly. Rather, we returned to the document because we wondered whether information made public as a result of the Mueller investigation—and the passage of two years—has tended to buttress or diminish the crux of Steele’s original reporting.

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