Planet Rationalist

November 25, 2015


Future Selves

In the latest issue of the Claremont Review of Books, political philosopher Mark Blitz — a professor at Claremont McKenna College — has an insightful review of Eclipse of Man, the new book from our own Charles T. Rubin. Blitz writes:
What concerns Charles Rubin in Eclipse of Man is well conveyed by his title. Human beings stand on the threshold of a world in which our lives and practices may be radically altered, and our dominance no longer assured. What began a half-millennium ago as a project to reduce our burdens threatens to conclude in a realm in which we no longer prevail. The original human subject who was convinced to receive technology’s benefits becomes unrecognizable once he accepts the benefits, as if birds were persuaded to become airplanes. What would remain of the original birds? Indeed, we may be eclipsed altogether by species we have generated but which are so unlike us that “we” do not exist at all—or persist only as inferior relics, stuffed for museums. What starts as Enlightenment ends in ...

by Adam Keiper at Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:26 Instapaperify


This Is The Root of Happiness In Your Brain

This Is The Root of Happiness In Your Brain

Happiness has two components which predict the size of this brain region.

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by Jeremy Dean at Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:11 Instapaperify

Cal Newport » Blog

The Feynman Notebook Method

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Feynman’s Exams

After his second year of graduate school at Princeton, Richard Feynman faced his oral examinations. Feynman was not yet the famous physicist he would soon become (as his biographer James Gleick put it, “His Feynman aura…was still strictly local”), so he took his preparation seriously.

Feynman drove up to MIT, a campus familiar from his undergraduate years, and a place “where he could be alone.” It’s what he did next that I find interesting.

As Gleick explains:

“[He] opened a fresh notebook. On the title page he wrote: NOTEBOOK OF THINGS I DON’T KNOW ABOUT. For the first but not last time he reorganized his knowledge. He worked for weeks at disassembling each branch of physics, oiling the parts, and putting them back together, looking all the while for the raw edges and inconsistencies. He tried to find the essential kernels of each subject.”

I might not have worked with any future Feynmans during my time at MIT, but I certainly had the privilege to watch the ascent of ...

by Study Hacks at Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:15 Instapaperify


Obfuscation: protect privacy by destroying the Web!

Time for a return to the core issue of our time: how shall we best preserve and extend freedom?  Along with freedom's contingent benefits, like privacy?

In the LA Review of Books, Internet Privacy: Stepping Up Our Self-Defense Game, Evan Selinger reviews a slim book -- Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest, by Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum.  

Distilled, the core argument is that defenders of freedom and privacy should poison the Web and Net that we now know, by flooding it with disinformation and false data, so that no one -- including powerful elites -- will be able to tell what's real. In other words -- burn the commons to the ground, so smoke gets in their eyes. That'll show 'em.

Let me avow that I actually quite respect Brunton and Nissenbaum and other members of this weird cult, for one reason.  At least in Obfuscation they are recommending a different solution from the standard offerings, which are “encrypt everything!” and “surrender to despair.”  True, the obfuscation approach was first offered in ...

by David Brin at Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:48 Instapaperify

November 24, 2015


Are We Entering the End of the Specialist Era?

The creative life rarely moves in a straight line. Just ask MDavid Low.

Low is the Design Director and Category Lead for the Nike+ running app that helps runners track their workouts (often with some pre-recorded encouragement from star athletes). The app is listed as an “essential” on iTunes and has a seemingly permanent home in the Health and Fitness category’s top 10.

But before landing at one of the biggest brands in the world, Low worked as a producer, technologist, and creative director within agencies, dealing directly with brands rather than being the brand.

The wide-ranging experience has given him an appreciation for the generalist and his background in motion graphics have given him an appreciation for a seamless customer experience. Below we talk to him about career changes, creating user experiences beyond the screen, and the end of the specialist.  

Before Nike, you were both a producer and Chief Technologist. Has your technology background affected your view of product development?

My deep understanding of technology has really driven what I do ...

by seanblanda at Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:16 Instapaperify


Scientific American Content: Mind Matters

Rude Behavior Spreads Like a Disease

Scientists study the contagion of obnoxiousness

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NeuroLogica Blog

Scientific Consensus and Corporate Influence

A new study published in PNAS explores the messaging of organizations commenting on climate change and their relationship to corporate funding. The sole author, Justin Farrell, finds that those organizations who received corporate funding were likely to network their messaging together, and to engage in a campaign of casting doubt on the scientific consensus. There was no such network among those organizations not receiving corporate funding.

Farrell notes:

“This counter-movement produced messages aimed, at the very least, at creating ideological polarization through politicized tactics, and at the very most, at overtly refuting current scientific consensus with scientific findings of their own.”

As further evidence of corporate influence, the Washington Post notes:

The publication of the report comes two weeks after New York prosecutors announced an investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled the public and investors about the risks of climate change. The probe was prompted in part by reports in the Los Angeles Times and the online publication Inside Climate News, alleging that Exxon researchers expressed concerned about climate change from fossil fuel emissions decades ...

by Steven Novella at Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:09 Instapaperify


What are you thankful for in finance or economics?

It’s been a few days, I’ve been listening to Adele’s new album pretty much on loop while knitting and sewing curtains. So yes, it’s that nesting time of year, where we hunker down and seriously consume creamy spiked drinks.

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And by “we” I mean Americans, Canadians, Australians, and New Zealanders. Obviously we blame the hobbits on that last one.

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Well, here’s a question for you nog-quaffers: what are you thankful for from finance? I’ll extend it to the economy as well if you’d like.

The reason I’m asking is that this week, the Slate Money podcast I’m on is doing a special “thanksgiving” episode where we all talk about something we’re grateful for, and I’m having trouble coming up with something. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

  1. I’m grateful for consumer loans. After all, they help us out in rough times and allow us to invest in ourselves and our futures through mortgages and student loans. On the other hand, they ...

by Cathy O'Neil, mathbabe at Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:27 Instapaperify


Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Field Guide to Finally Getting Started

How often do you catch yourself putting things off until tomorrow ? Does “tomorrow” ever really come? In Solving the Procrastination Puzzle, you’ll learn what causes you to procrastinate, how it can negatively affect your life, and some practical ways to fight it off.


by Patrick Allan at Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:00 Instapaperify

Matt Ridley - Blog RSS

The rise of humanism

My Times column on the rise of non-belief:


Fifty years ago, after the cracking of the genetic code, Francis Crick was so confident religion would fade that he offered a prize for the best future use for Cambridge’s college chapels. Swimming pools, said the winning entry. Today, when terrorists cry “God is great” in both Paris and Bamako as they murder, the joke seems sour. But here’s a thought: that jihadism may be a last spasm — albeit a painful one — of a snake that is being scotched. The humanists are winning, even against Islam.

Quietly, non-belief is on the march. Those who use an extreme form of religion to poison the minds of disaffected young men are furious about the spread of materialist and secularist ideas, which they feel powerless to prevent. In 50 years’ time, we may look back on this period and wonder how we failed to notice that Islam was about to lose market share, not to other religions, but to humanism.

The fastest growing belief system in the world ...

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:28 Instapaperify - Program Feed

Manufacturing's Digitized Future

Manufacturing's Digitized Future
  • William King, Founding Chief Technology Officer, UI Labs, and Andersen Chair in Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • K.G. Rajan, President, Alsip MiniMill
  • With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:10:00 -0800
Location: Chicago, Illinois, Venue Six10, Atlantic
Program and discussion:

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Building a 21st Century Workforce

Building a 21st Century Workforce
  • Linda Holmes, Senator and Chairperson, Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, Illinois State Senate
  • Mario Kratsch, Director, Skills Initiative, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest
  • Jorge Ramirez, President, Chicago Federation of Labor
  • With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:40:00 -0800
Location: Chicago, Illinois, Venue Six10, Atlantic
Program and discussion:

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Sponsor Content Presented by Siemens

Sponsor Content Presented by Siemens
  • David Etzwiler, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Foundation

Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:30:00 -0800
Location: Chicago, Illinois, Venue Six10, Atlantic
Program and discussion:

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The Mayor's View

The Mayor's View
  • Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago
  • With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:00:00 -0800
Location: Chicago, Illinois, Venue Six10, Atlantic
Program and discussion:

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  • Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • Eric Spiegel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens USA

Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:55:00 -0800
Location: Chicago, Illinois, Venue Six10, Atlantic
Program and discussion:

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 01:16 Instapaperify

Sentient Developments

The Latest Trend Among Biohackers Is Implanting LED Lights Beneath Your Skin

Inspired by bioluminescent organisms, the DIY biohackers at Grindhouse Wetware have unveiled their latest creation—a magnetically activated, LED-equipped silicone implant.

Read the entire article at Gizmodo.

by George at Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:45 Instapaperify

Will Our Descendants Survive the Destruction of the Universe?

Billions of years from now, the universe as we know it will cease to exist. The good news is, that gives us a lot of time to prepare, and maybe even figure out a way to cheat cosmic death. Here are some possible ways our descendants might survive a cosmological apocalypse.

The Universe, like the organisms that reside within it, is a mortal entity. Born in the Big Bang, it will eventually meet its fate through an equally cataclysmic process, whether it be in the form of a Big Rip, a Big Crunch, or an eternal deep freeze. Regardless, all life as we know it will be extinguished.

Unless, of course, our highly advanced offspring can find a way to escape the confines of the cosmos—or more radically, change the rules of the cosmological game.

Read the entire article at io9.

by George at Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:40 Instapaperify

Friendly Atheist» Pseudoscience

Nassim Nicholas Taleb Defends Homeopathy on Twitter

Author and statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan, recently tweeted his support of homeopathy, with a series of statements:

Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing picked up on the tweets, writing that Taleb (who had previously raised eyebrows with his positions on GMOs) had “crossed a Rubicon” in support of fake science with these statements.

… he defended homeopathy as harmless placebos that divert hypochondriacs from taking too many real pharmaceutical products.

In pursuing this ...

by Rachel Ford at Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00 Instapaperify

November 23, 2015

Risk: Reason and Reality | Big Think

Big Tobacco, Big Oil, and Greenpeace. All Merchants of Doubt That Harm People and the Planet.

Why are we ready to hold big corporations legally liable for lying, but not all the other advocates whose manipulation of the truth does society real harm!?

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by David Ropeik at Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:17 Instapaperify


Talk, be merry, and be rational

Yesterday I wrote a statement on behalf of a Scott Alexander SlateStarCodex/rationalist meetup, which happened last night at MIT (in the same room where I teach my graduate class), and which I’d really wanted to attend but couldn’t.  I figured I’d share the statement here:

I had been looking forward to attending tonight’s MIT SlateStarCodex meetup as I hardly ever look forward to anything. Alas, I’m now stuck in Chicago, with my flight cancelled due to snow, and with all flights for the next day booked up. But instead of continuing to be depressed about it, I’ve decided to be happy that this meetup is even happening at all—that there’s a community of people who can read, let’s say, a hypothetical debate moderator questioning Ben Carson about what it’s like to be a severed half-brain, and simply be amused, instead of silently trying to figure out who benefits from the post and which tribe the writer belongs to. (And yes, I know: the ...

by Scott at Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:07 Instapaperify

Risk: Reason and Reality | Big Think

Dresden Codak

Dresden Codak Holiday Gifts are Here!

It’s that time again! There’s a bunch of new stuff in the Dresden Codak store that you guys should check out! New things include:

- Department of Opposition Shirts

- Church of the Empty Inbox Shirts

- Dark Science Alignment Cards

I’ve also got The Tomorrow Girl: Dresden Codak Vol. 1, which is, naturally, the perfect gift for those loved ones whose lives burn for a desire to read my books (also in a deluxe edition).

I hope you all have a great holiday weekend, and I’ll see you next week with the next installment of Dark Science!


by Aaron at Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:12 Instapaperify

Art Markman, PhD

How Does Disgust Affect Memory?

Emotional experiences clearly affect memory.  At the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy many people shared their memories of where they were when they heard the news that he had been shot.  This event was shocking, and many people reported having vivid memories of that day, even a half-century later.  People who lived through the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger and the events of September 11, 2001 also have significant emotional memories from these dates.  Although these memories may not be 100% accurate, it is clear that people are influenced by the emotional experience at the time.
It is hard to disentangle all of the factors that influence memory in these stressful situations.  They events are surprising.  They are arousing emotional experiences.  They are negative.  They involve a combination of anger, fear, and sadness. 
Because emotional experiences have an influence on memory, controlled laboratory studies have begun to tease apart the elements of emotion that affect what you remember later.
A fascinating set of studies in the November, 2013 issue of ...

by Art Markman at Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:28 Instapaperify

Scott H Young

Getting Better at Figuring Things Out

Over the years, I’ve employed quite a few people. Sometimes it will be a contract for a one-time job. Other times it will be for regular staff.

In both cases, there’s a certain quality some people possess that I’ve found immensely valuable, but rarely shows up on a resume. If I had to describe it, I would say the quality is roughly “being able to figure things out.”

Some people are good at figuring things out. You can give them a goal, sometimes with ambiguous instructions or constraints, and they will find a way to do it. It may not always be the way you envisioned (especially if your instructions are bad) but these people rarely get stuck. They will find some way to figure it out.

Other people are terrible at figuring things out. You can give them extremely detailed instructions and somehow they still get derailed because of an incredibly minor obstacle. Assigning such people tasks with any ambiguity is always a disaster.

Employing people brings this quality into contrast ...

by Scott Young at Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:59 Instapaperify

Point of Inquiry

No, This Podcast is Not About You: David Laporte on the Proliferation of Paranoia

You don’t have to be paranoid to recognize that privacy isn’t what it used to be. The government can get access to our phone calls and emails, video surveillance is becoming a norm in public places, and nearly everyone has the ability to record at will, discreetly from their cellphones. It’s no wonder that paranoia is becoming a common phenomenon. But at what point does a healthy suspicion become delusional denial?


Today’s guest is clinical psychologist David Laporte, a professor of psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and author of the new book, Paranoid: Exploring Suspicion from the Dubious to the Delusional. Laporte considers paranoia a defining affliction of the modern age, as the paranoid mindset becomes ever more legitimized by the media and political figures. Research suggests that one need not be schizophrenic to suffer from a paranoia disorder, as many people may fall within a spectrum of varying gravities of paranoia, much of which is just beginning to be understood in clinical psychology. 

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:57 Instapaperify


Directory of Bulletproof Radio Episodes

This is a complete directory of the Bulletproof Radio podcast episodes, with host Dave Asprey.  All of the newest episodes are available on iTunes.  Learn how to download podcasts and subscribe to Bulletproof Radio here.   Robert Cooper: Rewiring Your Brain & Creating New Habits – #261 Nir Eyal: Addictive Tech, Killing Bad Habits & […]

The post Directory of Bulletproof Radio Episodes appeared first on Bulletproof.

by Dave Asprey at Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:00 Instapaperify


Alex Blumberg: Your Best Selling Points Are the Mistakes You’ve Made

About this presentation

Startups often have “creation myths” about their early days. But real life is much messier than that. To prove this, former This American Life producer Alex Blumberg recorded nearly every painstaking moment in creating his new podcasting company, Gimlet Media. With plenty of audio examples, Blumberg highlights the ups and downs of turning your creative art into a business, culminating in a cringe-worthy pitch to a venture capitalist.

“The story that you tell, it’s like you’re killing it all the time,” says Blumberg. “But deep inside every single person who has ever tried to start a business, I’m sure, has had a pitch like that—if not worse.”

About Alex Blumberg

The uncomfortable details of starting a company are often glossed over after the fact. So what happens when an alum of “This American Life” records every part of the process?

Alex Blumberg is an entrepreneur, radio journalist, and CEO of the podcast company Gimlet Media. He currently hosts the Startup podcast, and is a former producer atThis ...

by The 99U Team at Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:59 Instapaperify


This is Why You Should Quit Facebook For One Week

This is Why You Should Quit Facebook For One Week

Psychologists tested the effect of a week-long break from Facebook on people's mental health. Here's what they found.

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by Jeremy Dean at Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:28 Instapaperify

Experimental Philosophy

CFA: Experimental Philosophy as Applied Philosophy

The 7th Conference of Experimental Philosophy UK is taking place 23-24 April 2016 in Reading. The topic is 'Experimental Philosophy as Applied Philosophy'.

There is a call for abstracts. The deadline is 15 January 2016. To see the full details Download CFA.

by James Andow at Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:38 Instapaperify

NeuroLogica Blog

Health Advice from the 1950s

One of the pillars of alternative medicine propaganda is historical revisionism. Proponents often claim that they were ahead of the curve on diet and exercise advice, while the medical establishment lagged behind. They go as far as to take credit for the entire field of nutrition by labeling it “alternative.”

The fact is, the disparity between mainstream and alternative advice has not changed much for the past 60+ years. There are even some elements that are literally centuries old – using “natural” as a marketing angle, for example.

The alternative narrative is not based on reality, however. Fortunately we have records from the first half of the 20th century that document exactly what the scientific mainstream and alternative culture were saying. It is a good idea to frequently question your own narrative and check the actual facts. I sought to find some historical documents that would demonstrate what the medical mainstream were saying in the 1950s.

Obviously we have learned a great deal in the last 60 years, but it is perhaps surprising how little basic ...

by Steven Novella at Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:19 Instapaperify


Real Confidence Begins With Believing In Your Ability to Improve

While having too much confidence can be detrimental, having none at all can be even worse. If you want to make any real headway in developing your self-confidence, you have to start by believing you can change.


by Patrick Allan at Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:00 Instapaperify

November 22, 2015


How Loneliness Affects Your Brain

How Loneliness Affects Your Brain

Lonely people quickly move to the edges of social networks -- here's why.

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by Jeremy Dean at Sun, 22 Nov 2015 14:30 Instapaperify


The wonders of space: Mars, comets and more...

Time for an update from… space! For example, the Cassini probe, nearing the end of its remarkable journey, has just passed through the plumes of salty water vapor shooting out into space from Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. 

== The Briney miracle of Mars ==

Recent and recurring water flows on Mars? The secret "sauce" that enables this to happen, despite subzero temperatures and low atmospheric pressures is... brine.  High salt/mineral content enables brine-y fluids to survive surface conditions for short periods and -- possibly underground -- even sustain life?  How cool is that? Well, speaking as someone who is already rather brin-ey....

Now dig these pics of a crater on Mars that reveals that this region of the planet - bigger than Texas - features a huge slab of water ice, very near the surface.

Read a fascinating and well-written popular article on NASA's newly released "Roadmap to Mars." It is so good to see progress in the bureaucracy adapting to ideas some of us were bruiting decades ago -- like in-situ production - on Mars - of the water and ...

by David Brin at Sun, 22 Nov 2015 01:48 Instapaperify

November 21, 2015

rationalist filter - Stack Exchange

The Productivity Monk Lifestyle or Apartment Monk Lifestyle –

Everyday I make a to-do list for the next day, and a schedule to go along with it, and on paper it seems like the next day will be a productive and good one. But I can never complete my list, because ...

by Red at Sat, 21 Nov 2015 22:08 Instapaperify

Mind Hacks

Spike activity 20-11-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:

Wired has a good brief piece on the history of biodigital brain implants.

Why are conspiracy theories so attractive? Good discussion on the Science Weekly podcast.

The Wilson Quarterly has a piece on the mystery behind Japan’s high child suicide rate.

The Dream Life of Driverless Cars. Wonderful piece in The New York Times. Don’t miss the video.

The New Yorker has an extended profile on the people who run the legendary Erowid website on psychedelic drugs.

Allen Institute scientists identify human brain’s most common genetic patterns. Story in Geekwire.

BoingBoing covers a fascinating game where you play a blind girl and the game world is dynamically constructed through other senses and memory and shifts with new sensory information.

Excellent article on the real science behind the hype of neuroplasticity in Mosaic Science. Not to be missed.

by vaughanbell at Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:44 Instapaperify

Overcoming Bias

Variety Is Shallow

I haven’t read that much in the field of marketing, but what I have read so far has tended to confirm what I’ve read and taught in economics industrial organization: firms try hard to make products have distinctive feature packages in order to gain market power over customers whose ideal product is closer to that package. Even if some of those features are symbolic and created via how ads make people see products.

Reading the book How Brands Grow: What Marketers Don’t Know, by Byron Sharp, leads me to doubt this usual story. Sharp presents a lot of data (some shown in these figures for the Audible version) in support of these points (from this summary):

1. Penetration is key .. all brands have similar levels of loyalty.
2. Light users are as or even more important as heavy ones
3. Leading brands are distinctive, not different
4. Create memory structure to build “mental availability”
5. The power of “physical availability”
6. People don’t want a love affair with most brands

Most ...

by Robin Hanson at Sat, 21 Nov 2015 16:45 Instapaperify


The Celebratory Drink That Could Improve Memory

The Celebratory Drink That Could Improve Memory

Scientists have found that phenolic compounds in this drink can help improve spatial memory.

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by Jeremy Dean at Sat, 21 Nov 2015 16:21 Instapaperify

zen habits

Change Your Story to Change Your Life

By Leo Babauta

Whenever we undertake a new change in our lives — whether it’s starting a new job or business, or changing a new habit — we tell ourselves a story about it.

We’re the hero of our story. Unfortunately, it’s not usually a very good story — it involves the hero not believing he or she can do it, wanting to give up and give in to the easy route.

Imagine if the great stories of all time went along the lines of our stories:

  • Harry Potter doesn’t fight Voldemort because it’s too hard and anyway, he just wants to play games and go on Reddit.
  • Odysseus decides not to make the journey home because he knows himself — he’s just going to give up, and anyway, isn’t the siren’s call of Facebook/Instagram too strong?
  • Don Quixote never ventures out for adventure on his brave steed Rocinante, because he doesn’t think he can do it, and instead stays home with his books of romance.
  • Frodo heads back ...

by zenhabits at Sat, 21 Nov 2015 15:22 Instapaperify

Beeminder Blog

Beeminder’s Youngest User

Drawings by Faire, including the Beeminder logo, with inscription

Imagine a world where children grow up with Beeminder as a way of life. Well we created Beeminder when our kids were babies so here in Portland (at least in our house) that world exists, as a reality. Here to tell you about that is Beeminder’s presumably youngest user, Faire Soule-Reeves.

Hi! I am Faire Soule-Reeves. I am 8 years old. I am the daughter of Daniel Reeves and Bethany Soule. They are the founders of Beeminder. I use Beeminder and I am here to tell you about it.

Beeminder helps people get motivated to do things they weren’t motivated to do before.

Here is a booklet I made in first grade (I am now in third grade):

[See image gallery at]

Here I am explaining Beeminder to my little brother who is actually 5 in the video:


Here are the things I’m currently beeminding:

Duolingo (German)

I was in Germany for two weeks this August. I used Duolingo to prepare for my arrival in Berlin. Duolingo is definitely ...

by Faire Soule-Reeves at Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:12 Instapaperify