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Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week

Every Friday, we send out an exclusive list of five unique or interesting things we’ve found (or explored) around the web during the week.

It may include books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks/tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff we dig up around the web. It’s often focused on Intuitive things and personal growth. Please feel free to spread the word with friends who would also enjoy.  


Here’s some great stuff to check out over the coming weekend…



This link is an interview with a leading computer scientist from Yale (who was slated to join the new White House staff) about his views on science’s place in the new administration. I chose this article because I love this quote from the first question: “thoughtful people are almost never defined by a pre-existing intellectual shoe-box.  The best scientists aren’t the dedicated drudges who have no other interests.  The best take after Newton, Einstein and tens of thousands of lesser lights in their devotion to science and other things too.”

I feel this way about almost *everything* as an Exploration primary. How about you? Do you think this quote speaks to being an iNuitive as much as I do?




I know this is another Atlantic article. But–it’s short, and I thought it was a fantastic meditation on our assumptions about others’ experiences and how those assumptions create blind spots. The TL;DR of this article is that, as a young man of color growing up in the South, the combs handed out during Picture Day at school weren’t thought of with him in mind–but he was expected to use them. It made me think about my own blind spots when considering others’ cultural experiences, like one’s environment and education.




I included this quiz because I thought it seemed fun. I’m definitely not condoning building a sense of identity and self-worth on whether or not you’re Machiavellian, but I do think there’s a benefit to knowing the dark parts of yourself and how they operate. I think the 10-year-old and 3-year-old (inferior functions) serve a similar purpose, but this quiz pertains more to ethics than functions.




This video by Wisecrack on Youtube explores the nature of ethics (both human and robot) in the HBO show Westworld. We had a podcast about this show and the “scripts” we run in our own lives last month, but I highly recommend this video (and the followup, #5) if you’re a big fan of the series like I am.




This video explores if, and how, we would have to redefine ethics after creating self learning/evolving AI. Our view of ethics, like the narrator of the video says, is very “human-centric.” How would that change with beings that can’t feel pain or experinece the same lifespans and milestones that organic, living beings do?




So there you have it. Of course these picks reflect some of my personal biases and interests – but having hung around the Personality Hacker community for a while now – and being personal growth focused – I’m pretty sure you will find at least one thing from the above list to be interesting.


Also – leave a comment or your thoughts below. Love to hear what you think.


Got a tip or something you think I should check out? Email me and put in the subject line: Fridays @ Five


Addison Dunlap
Addison Dunlap is a writer, student and all around walking encyclopedia of internet chic. You can also hear her on many episodes of the PHQ Podcast.

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