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How many dimensions are there, and what do they do to reality?

How many dimensions are there, and what do they do to reality?

Reading this article is the closest I have ever come to understanding what is meant by having more than four dimensions.

Imagine… you are an ant living on a long, very thin length of hose. You could run along the hose backward and forward without ever being aware of the tiny circle-dimension under your feet. Only your ant-physicists with their powerful ant-microscopes can see this tiny dimension.

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Stephen Bush: On the Tube, I saw the father I’d never met – and was happy to find that I had nothing to say to him

Stephen Bush: On the Tube, I saw the father I’d never met – and was happy to find that I had nothing to say to him

An extraordinary piece of writing by Stephen Bush, about bumping into someone who didn’t know he was his father.

I’ve learned to enjoy the upsides of having an absent father. One is that you don’t have flaws like everyone else, merely kinks that the missing parent would have ironed out had he stuck around.

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Debunking the myth of the 10,000-hours rule: What it actually takes to reach genius-level excellence

Debunking the myth of the 10,000-hours rule: What it actually takes to reach genius-level excellence

The 10,000 hour rule has obviously always been more complicated than that — not least because you would have to be mad to spend 10,000 hours on something you’re not very good at. This article outlines some of the nuances behind what it takes to become great at what you do.

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The single reason why people can’t write, according to a Harvard psychologist

The single reason why people can’t write, according to a Harvard psychologist

For [Steven] Pinker, the root cause of so much bad writing is what he calls “the Curse of Knowledge”, which he defines as “a difficulty in imagining what it is like for someone else not to know something that you know. The curse of knowledge is the single best explanation I know of why good people write bad prose.”

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