Daily miscellanny: We’ve never had it so good

  1. Megan McArdle says that from cooking to woodworking, rising levels of skill and effort have become barriers to entry.
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  3. Kevin Rose talks with Ryan Holiday about Stoic philosophy.
  4. An increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never had it so good – and only our pessimism is holding us back.
    • The proportion of the world’s population living in extreme poverty had fallen below 10% for the first time.
    • Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels had failed to rise for the third year running.
    • Child mortality is roughly half what it had been as recently as 1990.
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An assortment of links for Friday

  1. Tumbling battery prices mean that EVs will not just have lower lifetime costs, but will also be cheaper to buy than internal combustion engine cars in most countries by 2025-29.
  2. Cellphone notifications are a tragedy of the digital commons.
  3. We now spend 30 minutes a day watching videos on our phones.
  4. Throughout our planet’s history, massive volcanic eruptions have devastated life. Could one bring an end to human civilization?