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culture

Google Zeitgeist

The Google Zeitgeist is now showing 2003 Year-End Search patterns, trends, and surprises. The top Google search queries in Canada for 2003 were:

  1. finding nemo
  2. paris hilton
  3. inuyasha
  4. canada 411
  5. orlando bloom
  6. loft story
  7. canadian tire
  8. michael jackson
  9. toronto star
  10. toronto maple leafs
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culture philosophy

What You Can’t Say

What You Can’t Say is an interesting essay by Paul Graham about heresy: how to think forbidden thoughts, and what to do with them. So take the Conformists test,

“Do you have any opinions that you would be reluctant to express in front of a group of your peers? If the answer is no, you might want to stop and think about that. If everything you believe is something you’re supposed to believe, could that possibly be a coincidence? Odds are it isn’t. Odds are you just think whatever you’re told.”

Think about this, “We often like to think of World War II as a triumph of freedom over totalitarianism. We conveniently forget that the Soviet Union was also one of the winners.” But Graham goes much deeper than that. He explains that searching for popular misconceptions not only satisfies the curiosity and confirms whether you are right or wrong about a particular idea but it exercises the brain, “If you can think things so outside the box that they’d make people’s hair stand on end, you’ll have no trouble with the small trips outside the box that people call innovative.”