Anybody who’s ever seen a SUV driver knows this, but the car industry themselves have verified that the people who buy those cars are assholes.

Who has been buying SUVs since automakers turned them into family vehicles? They tend to be people who are insecure and vain. They are frequently nervous about their marriages and uncomfortable about parenthood. They often lack confidence in their driving skills. Above all, they are apt to be self-centered and self-absorbed, with little interest in their neighbors or communities.

“Ja. Als het aan mij ligt wordt Shell morgen genationaliseerd en worden rijken onteigend. Dat is trouwens ook in hun belang.”

Go on king!

“D66 is ook in niets fundamenteel verschillend van extreemrechts. En GroenLinks is dat ook. Zij verdedigen de bestaande orde, die gebaseerd is op bezit en grenzen, en dus op geweld en destructie van de aarde. Ze verdedigen in die zin een extreemrechtse politiek.”

Analoog zou ik willen zeggen dat de meeste groene partijen op de wereld klimaatontkenners zijn, want als ze de klimaatverandering écht serieus zouden nemen, dan zouden ze een totaal andere politiek en aanpak kiezen.

“the resilience of a system corresponds to its adaptive capacity tuned to the future.”

“While counterfactual reasoning helps restore our feeling that the world makes sense, the problem with it is that it doesn’t help us get better at avoiding or dealing with future incidents. The reason it doesn’t help is that counterfactual reasoning gives us an excuse to avoid the messy problem of understanding how we missed those obvious-in-retrospect actions and signals in the first place.”

The writings of Lorin Hochstein about resilience engineering are immensely valuable and illuminating. It’s nice to be able to read the thinking of people who are current with the cutting edge of a profession.