Designing Values-Based Human Systems

by Sean Aubin at Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience

People design systems for humans based on their conception of human nature. This has worked pretty well so far! But there’s a lot problems happening right now that can’t be addressed by these old ideas. We need a new, unifying idea of why people make choices. This is where Value-Based Human Systems comes in.

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Non-Euclidian Geometries and Art

by Sverrir ├×orgeirsson at Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience

Euclidian geometry is generally how we think about space. You have a grid and the lines in a grid never intersect. But there’s tons of other versions of space, like the grid on a sphere where some lines do meet as they go to infinity. This is non-euclidian geometry and it offers interesting opportunities to create fascinating art.

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Public Policy

by Santhosh Balasubramanian

Why public policy doesn’t always work the way you want it to. An extended analogy between design specs and public policy specs and why there are often differences between the spec and implementation. Why we should be spending more time discussing fundamental value differences that matter instead of getting lost in technocratic weeds.

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Depression

by Jamie Wong

Personal experiences with depression and how to get help. A very personal, moving, important account of his experiences with depression. He describes what depression meant for him, how he realized how normal it is, how he recovered, how others can seek help for themselves or for a friend. Many useful tips and resources for learning more and seeking help. Highly recommend.

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