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Unearned confidence can infect anyone, though some individuals are more vulnerable to it than others.
It can be liberating to accept that the whole trick of life is deciding how, not whether, to screw up. And the benefits can often outweigh the costs.
Those of us glued to Twitter consumed more information but knew less about what was going on.
From how a zip works to Brexit, we often pretend we understand complex problems. But simplism has become a doctrine – and it is ruining our politics.
When we rely on machines, they resist us.
Perhaps there were relatively few hoarders in the past because not many could afford the space. These days, everyone with broadband is a potential hoarder.
The social network makes MPs do their jobs differently: they commit to views more hastily, burn relationships and shun nuance.
The problem is not “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)”, as Bruce Springsteen put it, but the opposite: there is too much on.
Since the washing machine and the dishwasher, engineers have had a hard time realising the perennial dream of a “smart home”
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We knew her name, the number of times her services had been engaged, and of a few short testimonials, apparently from real people, though who knows?
The technology benefits everyone, which then erodes the advantage of controlled thinking – for instance, by the over-consumption of food.