The Imps is an experimental collection of content related to the future of humanity. It is part of a community platform for people who care about the future and want to make it as good as possible.
Imps is to news as important is to new. Imps can also refer to people like Steven Pinker who recognize the wisdom of attending to the imps more than to the news.
- "If you base your beliefs about the state of the world on what you read in the news, your beliefs will be incorrect. This is not because of a conspiracy among journalists to hide or distort the truth. It’s because of an interaction between the nature of news—it’s about things that happen, particularly bad things—and the nature of human cognition."
- - Steven Pinker, Has the Decline of Violence Reversed since The Better Angels of Our Nature was Written?
Similarly, Roser and Ortiz-Ospina note that
- Unfortunately, the slow developments that entirely transform our world never make the news....
- - Max Roser and Esteban Ortiz-Ospina, Global Extreme Poverty, Our World In Data, 2017.
This site is under construction. At this early stage it is unpolished, but the initial framework and content should give an idea where we're headed. If you like what you see here, you're invited to join. Members of the Imps are welcome to add content, for example using the Imps not only as a source of material on a topic but as a convenient place to save items discovered in research before assembling them into an essay. We intend (in addition to contributing what we can to improvement of the world at large) to provide opportunities and rewards to Imps members. As usual with startups, exceptional opportunities are available to those who join early.
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