How the mathematical equation for altruism drove its creator to suicide.

Sorry I'm late this week, guys. We've got some intriguing stuff here.Let's get it on...
How the mathematical equation for altruism drove its creator to suicide.
By Daveslist • Issue #15
Sorry I’m late this week, guys. We’ve got some intriguing stuff here.
Let’s get it on…

Exclusive: How Edward Snowden Escaped
You’re probably going to be hearing a lot about Edward Snowden over the next couple weeks, as Oliver Stone’s biopic about him hits theaters today. I saw it at the premiere on Wednesday, and it was fantastic.
One of the things a lot of people wonder about is just how he escaped Hong Kong after outing himself and becoming the most wanted man on the planet. The movie touches on this very briefly, but this is the whole story. Give it a read, I think you’ll be surprised and amazed.
The FBI Accused Him of Terrorism. He Couldn't Tie His Shoes.
This is every parent’s nightmare. A profoundly disabled boy falls in with the wrong crowd online and becomes (in his severely limited capacity) an ISIS supporter. Now his family is going through hell and it’s unclear what will become of him. Truly terrifying.
Russia Arctic: Polar bears besiege scientists
The last thing you want to worry about when you’re doing research in the arctic is a coordinated attack by polar bears, but that’s just what happened to these guys. More than a dozen polar bears surrounded their station for two weeks until the scientists received a shipment of flares and a couple dogs to scare them off.
The Netflix Backlash: Why Hollywood Fears a Content Monopoly
Who doesn’t love Netflix? Well, Hollywood for starters. Netflix is quickly becoming the 800-pound gorilla of content creation and they’re rewriting the rules for how it’s done and what it pays. Not everybody is happy about that.
Alcohol Industry Bankrolls Fight Against Legal Pot in Battle of the Buzz
It seems everyone is in favor of legal weed these days. You know who isn’t? Big Pharma and Big Booze. Nevermind that addiction to prescription opioids is reaching pandemic levels, or that tens of thousands of Americans die every year as a result of alcohol abuse. Prohibition is big business.
The man who gave himself away
It seems that genius and madness often go hand in hand. If you enjoyed A Beautiful Mind, you’ll probably be fascinated by the story of George Price. Price created the equation for altruism, and lost his mind in the process. Once his discovery was proven, he gave away everything he owned until he was destitute, and then killed himself. Grim, I know, but a fascinating story nonetheless.
Bank of America analysts claim there's a 50% chance we live in a 'Matrix reality simulation'
If you thought Elon Musk was crazy when he said we’re all living in a simulation, you’ll probably be surprised to learn that research analysts at B of A say there’s a 50/50 chance that he’s right.
Meet Todd Rider, the Man Who Maybe, Probably Cured Most of the Viruses on Earth
I still maintain several relationships from my old investment banking days, and one of the things that has been coming up in my conversations with those who cover the medical field more and more lately is how close we are to curing…well…everything.
Now you can buy a USB stick that destroys anything in its path
I don’t even know why I’m linking to this. It’s a character flaw of mine, no doubt. Because this is literally one of the worst pranks you could pull on somebody. But if I’m being honest, yeah, I want a weaponized USB stick.
That’s it for this week, y'all. I hope you enjoyed the links. As always, feel free to share with anyone you think might enjoy them.
Stay safe and have a tremendous weekend. See you next Friday.
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