contain  multitudes  •  by  Padma  Dorje  •  established  in  2003
contain  multitudes

Wikipedia and
the Wisdom of Polarized Crowds

A lesson in how to break out of filter bubbles.

You're not poor.
You're broke

My heart breaks when my friends conflate the two terms: understanding the difference between ‘broke’ and ‘poor’ is the first step toward building a more equitable society

Evil bit

The evil bit is a fictional IPv4 packet header field proposed in RFC 3514, a humorous April Fools' Day RFC from 2003 authored by Steve Bellovin. The RFC recommended that the last remaining unused bit, the "Reserved Bit,"[1] in the IPv4 packet header be used to indicate whether a packet had been sent with malicious intent, thus making computer security engineering an easy problem – simply ignore any messages with the evil bit set and trust the rest.

Mad, or bad?

Even in the decade of dissent, Thomas Szasz stood alone when he attacked the idea of madness from the political right

Workism Is Making
Americans Miserable

For the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising identity, transcendence, and community, but failing to deliver.
the paris review

The Missing Borges

Seven years ago, a stolen first edition of Borges’s early poems was returned to Argentina’s National Library. But was it the right copy?

‘You’re my queen for ever and ever’:
My search for goddess Dakini in Nepal in the age of #MeToo

In these times, what is the role of feminine energy, even one that is about 5000 years old?

On the Mamos, the Dharmapala
Principle and Mahakali Vetali

... the feminine principle, functions as a force of creating harmony, friendship, and connectedness, in relationships and family, in community, between self and nature, and between mind and body.

Visualizing a Pure and Perfect World

Heidi Köppl looks at how Vajrayana visualization practice, when applied correctly, helps us to acknowledge the emptiness of the present moment.
New Yorker

A New Theory of Distraction

Still, for all our expertise, distraction retains an aura of mystery. It’s hard to define: it can be internal or external, habitual or surprising, annoying or pleasurable. It’s shaped by power: where a boss sees a distracted employee, an employee sees a controlling boss. Often, it can be useful: my dentist, who used to be a ski instructor, reports that novice skiers learn better if their teachers, by talking, distract them from the fact that they are sliding down a mountain.

An unhealthy obsession with
p-values is ruining science

Over the past couple of years, Stanford meta-researcher John Ioannidis and several colleagues have been working on a paper that should make any nerd think twice about p-values, those tests of statistical significance that are now commonly perceived as a signal of a study's worth.

What’s Wrong with Liberalism?

‘The greatest good for the greatest number’ flounders when society cannot agree on what is ‘good’ – or ‘bad’.

Video explaining the 84.000 project

Narrated by Russell Brand

The Books That Wouldn’t Die

They're alive, despite being rebutted, criticized, and cast out of the disciplines from which they came!

Meritocracy doesn’t exist,
and believing it does is bad for you

Simply holding meritocracy as a value seems to promote discriminatory behavior.
atlas obscura

Chernobyl's selfie

The Famous Photo of Chernobyl’s Most Dangerous Radioactive Material Was a Selfie

A quick history of why Asians
wear surgical masks in public

The reality is that the woven-cloth surgical masks provide minimal protection from environmental viruses anyway.

On compassion and cups of tea

Lama Tsering Everest on TEDxSaoPaulo. Lama Tsering talks about the development of compassion and the application of Buddhist philosophy in daily life.

The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth?

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