Three wise, wonderful, curious things I read this week - Feb 16, 2018


For many of us, daily life suffers from a profound lack of creativity, inquiry and reflection. The demands of working, commuting and simply living in the 21st century make it tough to find even a quiet moment, much less the time needed for deeper thought.

While I can't offer you more hours in a day, I can invite you to make a little space within your regular comings and goings to engage with some interesting ideas. Here are three things I read this week that sparked my sense of curiosity, wonder and wisdom.

1. Your company's Slack is probably sexist 

"Age, experience, and hierarchical position undoubtedly influence digital behavior. Does gender influence our office’s electronic communications? When I began asking my colleagues, nearly every woman said yes. Overwhelmingly, men said no."  Read more.

2. Where did Valentine's Day start? Lupercalia: Rome's most bizarre spring rite

"While Valentine’s Day has become a fun, commercialized, slightly silly holiday dedicated to candy, cheesy TV specials, cards, and overpriced romantic dinners, the origins may be wilder than anything we would imagine. It is inevitable that holidays evolve, and customs change, but how severely they may do so is variable. The story of Lupercalia and Valentine's Day may show how a holiday can retain the same themes over 2,000 years and do a complete 180-degree turn on how those themes are expressed and celebrated. "  Read more.

3. The tech bias: why Silicon Valley needs social theory

"Silicon Valley tech companies draw on innovative technical theory but have yet to really incorporate advances in social theory. The inattention to such knowledge becomes all too apparent when algorithms fail in their real-life applications – from automated soap-dispensers that fail to turn on when a user has dark brown skin, to the new iPhone X’s inability to distinguish among different Asian women." Read more.

Photo by Aradhika Sharma