Summary of “How Non-English Speakers Are Taught This Crazy English Grammar Rule You Know But Never Heard Of”

English grammar, beloved by sticklers, is also feared by non-native speakers.
Some of the most binding rules in English are things that native speakers know but don’t know they know, even though they use them every day.
That quote comes from a book called The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase.
Here’s a page from a book, published by Cambridge University Press, used regularly to teach English to non-native speakers.
From English Grammar in Use-a self study reference and practise book for intermediate students by Raymond Murphy, published by Cambridge University Press in 1994.
The book lays out the adjective order in the same way as Forsyth’s surprising illumination.
The fact is, a lot of English grammar rules only come as a surprise to those who know them most intimately.
In a lecture about grammar, he dismantles the commonly held English spelling mantra “I before E except after C.” It’s used to help people remember how to spell words like “Piece,” but, Forsyth says, there are only 44 words that follow the rule, and 923 that don’t.

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Summary of “Shame On You”

According to Foucault, the dynamics of the Panopticon bore an uncanny resemblance to how people self-monitor in society at large.
Yes, social media might spell the end of bourgeois respectability; but doesn’t it also embolden people to be frank and open, to free themselves of inhibitions and say what they mean, without shame? Foucault suggested mass surveillance could squash free speech and thought, and enlist the cooperation of those surveilled.
Perhaps social media inoculates people against such compulsion.
We might be the democratic citizens that philosophers have longed for since the time of Socrates: people willing to lay bare their lives for the sake of discussion and debate, people for whom nothing is hidden or out of bounds.
Social media provides a public space that often operates more like a private venue, where many people express themselves knowing that those watching will agree – or, particularly for internet trolls, in the belief that there they won’t suffer the consequences of what they say online, as if protected by the mediation of technology.
Foucault cast shame in a rather less emancipatory light in The History of Sexuality.
People unburden themselves to their followers in the hope that their needs will be validated, their opinions affirmed, their quirks delightfully accepted.
There is no better way to divide and subdue a people, and seduce them into self-regulation, than to expose their perversions but promise absolution.

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Summary of “Yuval Noah Harari Is Worried About Our Souls”

One of the most important forces in history is human stupidity.
Experiments are already under way to augment the human immune system with an inorganic, bionic system.
Almost all traffic accidents are because of humans making bad decisions.
That’s not impossible because human beings very often make terrible mistakes, even in the most important decisions of their lives.
Then the question is, “What is human life all about?” For thousands of years we have constructed this idea of human life as a drama of decision-making.
The liberal story is based on the ideal and the notion of free will, that the free will of individual humans is the ultimate source of authority in the world.
Yes, the way that Cambridge Analytica and all these companies and bots behaved is they hacked humans.
One of the most important forces in human history is human stupidity.

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Summary of “DMX on New Music, Rejoining Def Jam, and Kanye’s Sunday Service”

Do you put yourself in the “Lyricists” category?I don’t put myself in any category.
How did your cameo at Kanye’s Sunday Service come about?He reached out.
I don’t know what she thought I was doing, but I don’t know if she thought I was trying to sabotage her or whatever.
I think a lot of people struggle with forgiving their parents.
I personally struggle with forgiving my parents.
Until you learn how to forgive others, you can’t forgive yourself.
You can’t forgive yourself if you don’t know how to forgive.
Just being onstage, period, and knowing that there’s so much love out there.

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Summary of “Planning Your Future Is Pointless. The How And Why Of Embracing Uncertainty”

The best things in life are often hard, and if you shy away from difficulty and discomfort, you’ll miss out.
How do you get good at this? Do things now that are uncomfortable and hard, on purpose.
Starting a business, for example, is an amazing thing to do but if you’re afraid of uncertainty, you’ll skip it.
You can’t know how things will turn out, and so if you need to know how things will turn out, you’ll avoid great projects, businesses, opportunities.
You might seize an opportunity because you’re good at uncertainty and discomfort, but then not make the most of it because you’re too busy on social media and watching TV. Actually, distraction and procrastination are just ways of avoiding discomfort, so if you get good at discomfort you’re way ahead of most people.
It’s hard to change mental habits because you don’t always see what’s going on in your head. Learn about how your mind works, and you’ll be much better at all of this.
If you did a sketch every day, or started writing web app, or created a blog or a video channel that you update regularly, or started building a cookie business at the end of a year you’ll have something great.
Finally: The idea behind all of this is that you can’t know what you’re going to do with your life right now, because you don’t know who you’re going to be, what you’ll be able to do, what you’ll be passionate about, who you’ll meet, what opportunities will come up, or what the world will be like.

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Summary of “Accelerate Your Learning Curve With These 5 Practical Tips”

You can spend 10,000 hours doing something and learn nothing.
That’s why I’m sharing 5 things that have worked for me in the past to accelerate my learning curve and learn skills faster.
When you start learning a skill, it must come from a place of humility and admiration for the practice.
Have respect for the skill you’re learning.
So when you’re learning a skill, your progress does not grow linearly over time.
“The more time I invest in something, the better I should get, right?” Unfortunately, learning skills don’t work that way.
We hit learning plateaus-and all of a sudden, we don’t get better.
Remember: When you accelerate your learning curve, you will still hit plateaus.

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Summary of “10 Things Incredibly Likable People Never, Ever Do”

Some people are incredibly likable because of the things they do.
Some people are incredibly charismatic because of the things they do.
Some people are incredibly likable because of the things they don’t do.
Taking responsibility when things go wrong instead of blaming others isn’t masochistic; it’s empowering, because then you focus on doing things better or smarter next time.
Talk about how you’ll make things better, even if that conversation is only with yourself.
Yeah, you’ve been around more blocks and climbed more mountains and slayed more dragons.
The higher you rise and the more you accomplish, the more likely you are to think you know everything and to tell people everything you think you know.
When you speak with more finality than foundation, people may hear you but they don’t listen.

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Summary of “Every Interview Question is Really This Question”

Underlying each interview question is really a broader picture the interviewer is trying to fill out.
Recruiters really want to know if you are going to use your knowledge effectively to enhance the mission of the organization.
First, are you curious? The knowledge you have when you walk in the door is wonderful, but you don’t know everything you need to know to succeed in the long term.
Find ways to engage the interviewer in a discussion that brings up aspects of what you know that are relevant to the job you have applied for, and the organization, more broadly.
Interviewers want to know that you can handle whatever comes at you by drawing on what you have learned.
Third, can you admit what you need to learn? Part of being a successful knowledge worker is knowing what you know, and knowing what you still need to learn.
There will be times in an interview in which you get a question that you simply can’t answer.
Instead of slinging BS, consider coming out and saying that the question touches on something you don’t know much about yet.

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Summary of “Your Resume Is a Waste of Time: 8 Better Ways to Get Hired for the Job You Want”

Many job seekers respond to as many job postings as possible, hoping the numbers will be on their side.
Instead of shot-gunning your resume, put in the time to determine a company you definitely want to work for – both in terms of the job and cultural fit.2.
You can’t possibly know if you want to work for my company unless you know a lot about my company; that’s the difference between just wanting a job and wanting an actual role in a business.
Don’t even wait for an opening to be posted; after all, you’ve identified ways you can immediately help the company you want to work for.
Don’t talk about what the job will mean to you; talk about how the company will benefit from hiring you.
If you truly know you want the job – and by this point, you should – ask for it.
Who knows: if you’ve worked hard to truly set yourself apart, you might get hired on the spot.
Then you’ll have a much better chance of landing the job you really want.

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Summary of “The Myth of Making It”

“That’s the thing.” That’s the thing with making it, it sows the seeds of its own destruction.
Because I am you, but much much poorer and much much less famous.
The cliché is that money can’t buy you happiness, but it’s increasingly obvious that what can help make you happy is not knowing how much more everyone else has and not storing your value in your savings account.
The highest-ranking countries had not only healthy incomes but also robust social support systems, freedom, and generosity, none of which have much to do with making you feel accomplished but are rather about making you feel as worthy as everyone else.
Triple for marginalized communities, who have to work that much harder than everyone else.
Every payday or product whispers to us that we’re that much closer to making it – whatever.
The only way to get out of it is to fundamentally understand that making it is a myth.
Rather than making a pact with the devil, which is to say, buying into validation we know will never be enough, we have to reject the premise of the pact.

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