10 Weekend Reads – The Big Picture

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a cup of Bean Box coffee, take a seat by the lake, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reading:

The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin Culture: Crypto’s first token created a culture, and then a monster. (CoinDesk)

The computer bugs from space: Earth is subject to a hail of subatomic particles from the sun and beyond our solar system, which could be the source of interference affecting our phones and computers. And the risk is growing as microchip technology shrinks. (BBC) see also Black holes could be hiding an amazing secret about our universe: Take gravity, add quantum mechanics, stir. What are you getting? Just maybe, a holographic cosmos. (New York Times)

New York seems to have a pot store on every corner. None of these are legal. New York’s admirable — and clumsy — efforts to legalize weed. (Voice)

There wasn’t much stagnation: Most of what I do every day professionally and privately was impossible 30 years ago. The same is probably true of you, along with hundreds of millions of other people around the world. For many of us, life today revolves around technologies that were unthinkable a generation ago. Curiously, however, this era coincided with slower growth by conventional standards. (In progress)

The Dangerous Populist Science by Yuval Noah Harari: The best-selling author is a gifted storyteller and popular speaker. But he sacrifices science for sensationalism, and his work is riddled with errors. (Current)

Land is power and the Osage Nation is buying back theirs: For over a century, theft, murder and business robbed the Osages of their oil and land wealth. They tear it back, tract by tract. (work week)

The unlikely rise and wild fall of Siegfried & Roy: At the height of their fame, they were arguably the most famous magicians since Houdini. (The Atlantic)

There are no “five stages” of grief: An expert in medical evidence tackles the science of loss. A state of infinite sadness combined with the internet of grief didn’t help. (The Atlantic)

What is it like to have a brain? About Patrick House’s “Nineteen Ways to Look at Consciousness”. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

What do conductors really do? (Part 1 of 2) In this section from my new book, I unravel the secret history of the conductor. Even the little stick they’re holding is a lot weirder than you think. (The Honest Broker)

Be sure to check out this week’s Masters in Business with Tom Rampulla, CEO of Vanguard’s $3 trillion asset Financial Advisor Services division since 2002.

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Source: Visual Capitalist

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