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It’s an impressive imaginative trick, as if someone tried to draw blueprints of the house they’re living in without leaving the cupboard under the stairs. They might be interesting to look at, but almost certainly would tell you more about the artist and their hiding place than the structure of the house.

The Apophenic Machine — Real Life

David Delruelle.

Even the people who know how the sausage gets made don’t really want to read about it in the paper.

Terraform

Brian Merchant and Claire L. Evans

We’re cashing in a billion years of planetary savings bonds and blowing it on assorted bling. And what Douglas Pavlicek wants to know is why this is so easy to see when you’re by yourself in a cabin on a hillside, and almost impossible to believe once you step out of the house and join several billion folks doubling down on the status quo.

The Overstory

Richard Powers

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