If you are a narcissist and someone offers you help, you assume it's because you are so wonderful, not because they have something to gain by it. This makes narcissists very vulnerable to political influence operations: they genuinely do not realise what is going on because their understanding of what motivates people is so badly damaged.
June 23, 2020
More from 100 suns
June 22, 2020
CERN wants to build a new collider, and inevitably people will say that we should use the money for something more useful. There is nothing more useful than what CERN does. If we're going to have a long-term future as a civilisation ('long-term' being more than a human lifetime ahead), we need two critical bits of technology (we need others, but we need these two). The first is really good batteries. Well, you carry around with you a machine which pretends to be a communication device but is ...
June 24, 2020
I've always been confused about why the units of torque, which are force × distance (in SI base units N×m) are the same as those for work: why, in SI units, is torque measured in joules? But it's obvious, because torque really is work: if you turn something through 1 radian exerting a torque of 1Nm, then you do 1J of work on whatever it is you are turning. The units of torque are really joules per radian, but radians, of course, are dimensionless. I don't know why it took me so long to unders...