Links I Liked
Steven Pinker’s Ideas About Progress Are Fatally Flawed. These Eight Graphs Show Why.
There are 7 universal moral rules: love your family, help your group, return favours, be brave, defer to authority, be fair, respect others’ property. These are the same across all cultures, according to an analysis of ethics from 60 societies (600,000 words from over 600 sources). Ht Paul Kirby.
Israel has now killed more than 90 Palestinians in the past six weeks for approaching the fence it placed around Gaza, surpassing the total number of East Germans shot and killed for trying to scale the Berlin Wall from 1961 to 1989.
Over recent decades, the notion of rights has expanded to include ever more issues. Is it now time to include other species too? I was struck by this argument in Sapiens too.
‘The argumentative old git is back.’ Great to see George Monbiot back on his feet and over-sharing.
Indian girls receive less education, have poorer nutrition and get less medical attention than boys. Result? Discrimination kills 230,000 girls under five in India each year.
David Satterthwaite asks ‘Is urban development just too complicated for aid organizations?’
Yes, neoliberalism is a thing. Don’t let economists tell you otherwise. Well written and fairly convincing – what do people think?