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Oliver Burkeman
Guardian writer. Tweeting on psychology etc. Out now: THE ANTIDOTE: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking
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Oliver Burkeman 2h
Replying to @Wulge
If you want to be rigidly literal and ignore the obvious implication then yes - he said he took his son for a drive when he was worried he wasn’t a safe driver, and that his eyesight had suffered, but he didn’t explicitly say eyesight was the reason he doubted his safe driving
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Oliver Burkeman 3h
This is the thing imho — today his story lost its last vestige of internal coherence, even setting aside the whole issue of what was allowed or justified. It’s sort of logically impossible to believe it now, as opposed to its previously being a huge stretch
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Oliver Burkeman 7h
(Enough questions about that BBC coronavirus risk piece to delete my tweet about it for now...)
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Oliver Burkeman 7h
Replying to @samwollaston
Sideways glance at the news there
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Oliver Burkeman 7h
There’s a genre of pandemic article I find rather irritating where someone, often a literary type, tells me what “we’re all feeling” at the moment. I rarely am though. I’m usually feeling irritated at the article instead
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Oliver Burkeman May 24
A woman was jogging through Park Slope without a mask; a man in an Elizabeth Warren hoodie condescendingly admonished her; and then a British journalist who happened to be passing wrote this tweet. All three people involved in this scenario are kind of annoying
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Oliver Burkeman May 24
Trumpian, except that Trump’s single motive is that he must be the one receiving all available attention and adulation; Johnson’s appears to be that under no circumstances should his chief aide lose his job. The latter is a lot weirder.
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Alice Sullivan May 23
1/ I was de-platformed by a research methods seminar after speaking out about proposed guidance on the sex question on the 2021 Census which suggests respondents can answer in terms of their identity where this clashes with their sex.
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Chris Cook May 24
The govt position is currently that the best way for the Cummings/Wakefield family, who live in London, to get food deliveries was to drive to Durham and have a sibling drop bags off outside the door
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Oliver Burkeman May 23
I will not waste time answering a stream of false allegations that it's my turn to load the dishwasher tonight
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Oliver Burkeman May 23
Replying to @jpinsk
will do!
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Oliver Burkeman May 23
Replying to @spikedonline
I enjoyed the fourth par here, where Brendan sees and tries to maneuver around the gaping problem with his argument – ie. that this is actually a story *about* an Islington elitist thumbing his nose at the rest of the country, who Brendan would in any other circumstance condemn
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Oliver Burkeman May 23
Side issue, but this is also another setback for the bald community
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Oliver Burkeman May 23
What does Dominic Cummings know about Boris Johnson?
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Oliver Burkeman May 23
Replying to @Skeptical_John
It's at least in theory going to be an opportunity to choose and particularly support a few specific local businesses
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Oliver Burkeman May 23
Replying to @oliverburkeman
> to set foot inside a coffee shop isn't really fear. It's just that I've put so much effort and life-disruption into not getting or spreading coronavirus, why bother with even a small risk if I can easily forgo it? Same result for the coffee shop owner, though.
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Oliver Burkeman May 23
People talk a lot about how it'll be hard to come back from lockdown because people are scared to go to certain places, etc, but I feel like there's a sunk cost bias thing going on too. I might be *scared* to go to a 500-person gig in NYC right now, but the reason I'm reluctant >
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Oliver Burkeman May 22
Replying to @oliverburkeman
(A related problem: if you're a socially responsible kind of expert, your mixed motives/clashing incentives are a real issue. Do you say what you think will happen, or err on the side of encouraging cautious behavior & lower expectations?)
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Oliver Burkeman May 22
Thank you, yes, this.
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Rachel Monroe May 21
Replying to @rachmonroe
So you can either cross your fingers that nothing bad happens, or grab your pets and try to find somewhere safe to hunker down at night in the middle of the pandemic. This has happened nearly every night since May 3.
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