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Nathan Pensky

  1. Poverty and the "Just World hypothesis"

    There's an idea that gets thrown around in tech circles -- notably in the high-profile rants of Peter Shih and Greg Gopman -- that "poor people" or "homeless people" are "lazy" or they "deserve to be poor."

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  2. Ray Kurzweil is wrong: The Singularity is not near

    Technology culture celebrates "the crazy ones," those who expand our understanding of life, who can forge new realities out of their own imagination. Then again, sometimes "the crazy ones" come up with things that are just plain crazy.

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  3. What is a hater?

    Conventional Internet wisdom tells us that the Web is a never-ceasing hotbed of negativity, a swirling cesspool of haterism. Don't ever read the comments. Don't feed the trolls. Block and unfollow with impunity. Haters, please show yourselves to the left. Thus it is, and thus it always shall be.

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  4. Magical thinking in Silicon Valley

    In 1962, science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke wrote his Three Laws of Prediction, on how to think about future technologies. The third law is by far the most popularly quoted: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Sometimes I wonder if we’re entering a period of history where technology advances at such a fast clip that the thinking of ordinary people about tech starts to approach this sort of superstitious reverence.

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  5. The late, great 8-hour workday

    Startup founders have been known to talk about “entrepreneurship as a lifestyle.” Long hours, bad food, poor job security – these are bragging rights among many tech founders. They’re building something after all. Worrying about physical well-being and mental health and wearing clothes that aren’t sweatpants can wait until after the big exit, and sometimes not even then.

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  6. Whatever works: A wife's tragedy and an instructive moment for online journalists

    Here at the dawn of the Digital Era, many issues remain up for debate. Appropriately, most of these debates are happening on or around the Internet, and unsurprisingly, few of them show signs of being resolved.

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  7. PandoMonthly Presents: A Fireside Chat with Elon Musk

    We're here at Cross Campus in Santa Monica, CA for our first ever PandoMonthly LA event, where our own Sarah Lacy will sit down with SpaceX founder and PayPal and Tesla co-founder, Elon Musk. Those three companies will surely list among the various topics up for conversation, though knowing Sarah, we expect a curveball or two as well.

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  8. Watch the Bizarre Social Networking Love-Fest That is "Thank You Facebook"

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbYqDFvM0wE]

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