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The Art of Medical Progress
Also: why governments can't be trusted to protect the long-run future, a paradox at the heart of American bureaucracy, and more
by Tina Marsh Dalton
These two paintings offer a hopeful contrast. Whereas we begin with pain and suffering, we move to hope and progress. The surgeon stands apart as a hero, a symbol of the triumphant conquering of nature by humanity.
by Maxwell Tabarrok
No one in the long-run future gets to vote in the next election. No one in government today will gain anything if they make the world better 50 years from now or lose anything if they make it worse. They have no skin in the game when it comes to the long-run future.
by Connor O'Brien
The quickest way to doom a project to be over-budget and long-delayed is to make it an urgent public priority.
by Elle Griffin
In The Republic, when his entourage asks the ideal size of a state, Socrates replies, ‘I would allow the state to increase so far as is consistent with unity; that, I think, is the proper limit.’
by Matt Ritter
Our scientific heritage isn’t a static relic of the past; it's a dynamic, evolving force, driving us towards a future brimming with promise and discovery.
Institutions need their problems the way that superheroes need their supervillains.
by Jason Crawford
Science since Babylon, Kurzweil on accelerating returns, the unexamined life, and stretchy Victorian fish
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