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  1. The Geek Syndrome, Brains, and Gender

    In a 1993 Wired article, writer Steve Silberman characterized autism as the “geek syndrome.” Given that autism is partially hereditary, Silberman asked if the concentrations (and eventual pairing, known as assortative mating) of geeky folk in places like Silicon Valley meant that the “genes responsible for bestowing certain special gifts …

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  2. The Google Memo

    Earlier I reviewed the literature on whether there is a distinct geek style of thinking?. This question recently went mainstream as a consequence of James Damore’s “Google Bro” memo. I was tempted to carefully parse though all the claims myself, but others did so for me.

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  3. Why ethos?

    I argue that life hacking is a type of self-help reflective the present moment. How should I refer to this mindset and moment? I have a number of terms available to me. Foucault famously spoke of episteme, the conditions of discourse by which knowledge claims are considered acceptable. His “archeology …

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  4. Life hacking love

    Can one apply the life hacking ethos of analyzing and optimizing to the romantic sphere? Some do! If you read Amy Webb, Chris McKinlay, and Val Aurora you will see a focus on two things in particular: matching and selection.

    Webb and McKinlay hacked dating systems to figure out how …

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