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In the News 14.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 14.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

 


 

1. Unravelling the mystery behind L’Wren Scott’s path to self-destruction

“L’Wren Scott appeared to have it all: success, fame and a rock-royalty boyfriend. But beneath the glittering surface was a secretive figure plagued by anxiety, insecurity and debt. Now her suicide has prompted an £8m insurance claim from the Rolling Stones (who allege that her death caused the group to postpone their tour), we investigate L’Wren Scott’s tragic demise.”

 
Read the rest of this article at British GQ

 


 

2. Design education is “tragic” says Jonathan Ive

“To do something new and truly innovative, does require you reject reason. And the problem is when you do that, the behaviours, what that looks like, can make you look a bit odd.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Dezeen

 


 

3. The Common Genius of Lincoln and Einstein

“Abraham Lincoln would still be remembered today as a self-taught prairie prodigy and an astute political operator who crushed the Confederate uprising, even without the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the end of slavery. Albert Einstein would still be the most famous physicist of the 20th century, and the author of the most famous equation in history, had he not called on his fellow scientists to address the moral consequences of their discoveries, speaking out against war and nuclear weapons. But both men possessed a quality that went beyond their immense talents in politics and science and elevated them to world-historical stature: an ambiguous but distinctive quality that scientists, historians, and philosophers have begun to call moral genius. By suggesting that morality can, like math or chemistry or musical composition, admit of genius-level contributions, the phrase challenges us to reconsider the nature of genius itself.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Nautilus

 


 

4. Why Read New Books?

“Hasn’t it all been done before? Perhaps better than anyone today could ever do it? If so, why read contemporary novels, especially when so many of the classics are available at knockdown prices and for the most part absolutely free as e-books? I just downloaded for free the original Italian of Ippolito Nievo’s Confessions of an Italian. It’s beautifully written. I’m learning a lot about eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Italy. It’s 860 pages long. A few more finds like that and my reading time will all be accounted for. Why go search out the difficult contemporary author?”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New York Review of Books

 


 

5. Age Of The Digital Nomad: The Plan To Abandon Cities In Favour Of Freelance Freedom

“It is a combination of personal experiences and forecasted trends that led Logomachy’s report in this particular direction. These include the fact that freelancers are expected to make up 40% of the American workforce by 2020 (an Intuit 2020 study, among others, supports this), the prediction that computerisation, artificial intelligence and automation will affect almost half of US employment (according to the 2013 study ‘Future of Employment’) and increasing competition for freelancers from developing markets such as India.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Factor

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

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