In the desktop web version of YouTube, if you close the browser while you are watching a video, you will then see this the next time you visit YouTube:
This is a typical example of “dark pattern” i.e. a feature that is useful to the website maker (YouTube wants you to be hooked on watching videos to maximise their ads revenue) but hostile to the user (you closed the browser tab because you didn’t want to watch the rest of that video, but you get force-fed that same video once again).
Thankfully, the browser plugin uBlock Origin comes to the rescue. Go to uBlock Origin’s Dashboard, click on the tab “My Filters”, and paste the following:
This suggests that human evolution selected for cooperation, tolerance and gentleness – and not, necessarily, for intelligence.
“We always assume that intelligence is responsible for our success,” says Hare. “That humans became smarter, which… allowed us to invent wheels and agriculture and iPhones. But what if that wasn’t what happened?”
Hare suspects that, “like the foxes, and like dogs, we became friendlier first, and then got smarter by accident. This would mean that our prosocial skills, the skills that allow for cooperation and friendliness, were what made us successful.”
I never thought that I would come to appreciate a language like Perl (I had bad memories of that time I tried to hack something in an old version of Bugzilla), but hey, Perl 6 looks really interesting: