About B. Harris

Population health and health impact assessor. I'm interested in politics, culture, public health, environmentism, food and technology.

Recent Activity

  • B. shared from The Hard Sell: The tricks of political advertising by Dee Madigan
    Socialism has morphed into progressivism and has become quite disparate from the working class.
    Note: @deemadigan I was thinking about this the other day - could it be the heart of the ALP's challenges?
  • B. shared from Liquid Times: Living in an Age of Uncertainty by Zygmunt Bauman
    The virtue proclaimed to serve the individual’s interests best is not conformity to rules (which at any rate are few and far between, and often mutually contradictory) but flexibility: a readiness to change tactics and style at short notice, to abandon commitments and loyalties without regret – and to pursue opportunities according to their current availability, rather than following one’s own established preferences.
    Note: I forget which one of you recommended Liquid Times but I've been enjoying it.
  • B. shared from Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction by Annalee Newitz
    perhaps billions of creatures would die in the coming mass extinction, but some would live.
    Note: This sums up the best and worst of this book. Hope with a kind of callous indifference perhaps?
  • B. shared from Dark Matter and Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocabulary by Dan Hill
    “The sidelining of elected politicians in the continent that exported democracy to the world was, in its way, as momentous a development as this week’s debt market turmoil.” (Financial Times, 12 November 2011)
    Note: A worthwhile essay, thanks to @timhorton_ for the recommendation
  • B. shared from Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    The rarer the event, the less tractable, and the less we know about how frequent its occurrence—yet the rarer the event, the more confident these “scientists” involved in predicting, modeling, and using PowerPoint in conferences with equations in multicolor background have become.
    Note: I was reminded of this point when thinking about zoonotic health risks this morning
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B. Harris