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Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Add these to your reading list.<p>Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in …

The 28 best books for someone just starting out in their career

Leaving school and entering the workforce can feel overwhelming.<p>Chances are, your college didn't offer classes on how to negotiate your salary, deal with a micromanaging boss, or confront annoying coworkers.<p>But there's still something you can do to prepare yourself for the tricky world of work: …

Self-improvement

The Great Mariel Boatlift Debate: Does Immigration Lower Wages?

In the spring and summer of 1980, some 125,000 Cuban refugees sailed from the port town of Mariel on fishing boats and pleasure craft toward the U.S., many destined to settle in Miami.<p>Nearly four decades later, that exodus is at the center of an unresolved, sometimes bitter argument among …

Immigration

28 books Bill Gates thinks everyone should read

While Bill Gates has a schedule that's planned down to the minute, the entrepreneur-turned-billionaire-humanitarian still gobbles up about a book a week.<p>Aside from a handful of novels, they're mostly nonfiction books covering his and his foundation's broad range of interests. A lot of them are …

Books

Why Some Digital Companies Should Delay Profitability for as Long as They Can

When most of the great companies of the industrial era were founded, even the most brilliant economists believed deeply in the law of diminishing marginal returns. At its core, the principle means that the more of something that is made, the less valuable each incremental unit of that something …

The 'Pernicious Nonsense' Of Maximizing Shareholder Value

<i>The Economist</i> recently declared maximizing shareholder value to be “the biggest idea in business.” It may well be the biggest idea, but it’s also “the error at the heart of corporate leadership,” according to the current issue of <i>Harvard Business Review</i> in an article by two distinguished Harvard …

Management

To Ace Your Job Interview, Get into Character and Rehearse

You’ve landed an interview for the job of your dreams. You’re ideally suited for the position, and your resume is bulletproof. You’ve researched the company, the culture, the job, and the person who will be interviewing you. (Thank you, LinkedIn.) You’ve got your answers ready and selling points …

For Keynesians and Austrians, "Uncertainty" Means Two Different Things

Keynesian economics has witnessed a remarkable resurgence since the crisis of 2008. The inability of mainstream economics to predict or explain the …

The 10 Manliest Cookbooks

Learn how to make amazing barbecue, chili, burgers, and more<p>Alton Brown’s favorite recipes. The science of barbecue. And Mad Genius hacking tips. So many good cookbooks, so little time. Here are the best picks of the year.

These are the best books Bill Gates read in 2016

The world’s richest man is studying up on tennis and electrical grids this year.<p>Bill Gates, philanthropist and cofounder of Microsoft, has kept up his reading and book reviewing. Today he released an annotated list of his favorite books from 2016. They include David Foster Wallace’s essays on …

Bill Gates

For Thanksgiving Week, the OECD Proposes a Keynesian Turkey

Earlier this year, I criticized the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for endorsing an orgy of Keynesian spending.Did my …

Economics

Trump’s Misguided Flirtation with Keynesianism

We liberals would love big infrastructure investments—and they’re badly needed—but he’s going about it the wrong way.<p>In 1971, Richard Nixon declared himself a Keynesian, stunning the Democrats across the aisle. Forty-five years later, is our new president-elect trying to send the same message?<p>It’s …

Economics

Carl Sagan’s Ambitious College Reading List: Plato, Shakespeare, Gide, and Plenty of Philosophy, Math & Physics (1954)

Carl Sagan may have passed away almost twenty years ago, but he continues to influence minds of all generations through intellectual heirs like Neil …

Western Philosophy

The secret to a perfect cup of coffee could be math

Irish researchers aim to find the formula for the smoothest, most predictable, most efficient brew<p>Coffee is one of the world's most popular …

Mathematicians Prove Society Is Way Too Complex to Have a President

<b>(</b><b>ANTIMEDIA</b><b>)</b> Mathematics, a report published by <i>Vice</i>’s <i>Motherboard</i> prior to Election Day suggests, proves society is so complex that democracies have …

The banks are poised to meet their scariest competition yet: blockchain

Blockchain is disruptive because no bank or third party is required to facilitate transactions<p>Seven hundred years ago, the Medici family figured out …

How To Use 100% Of Your Brain

Recently, I saw the movie Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. If you’re planning on watching it and don’t want me to spoil it for …

The Brain

The Mathematics of Cake Cutting

Two young computer scientists have figured out how to fairly divide cake among any number of people, setting to rest a problem mathematicians have …

Where the Next Crisis Will Come From

Next year ends in a 7. If you’re superstitious or a little loose with statistics, that makes us due for another financial crisis. The biggest one-day …

BNY Mellon

Want to Maximize Your Brain Power? Follow This 8-Step Method

Eight steps to slow down, think hard, and get the most from your mind.<p>How much are you getting out of your brain?<p>We live in a world of distraction, but science says we do our best work when we're focusing on one thing at a time. And although the idea that we only use 10% of our brains has been …

The game theory inherent in Brexit

2016-10-18T14:19:33.000Z<p>By: Gavin Jackson<p>If I were to sit down and play poker with you this morning, I’m not going to show you my cards before we …

17 Books To Drop Everything and Read Right Now

Now that fall is here, the idea of wrapping up in a comfy fleece blanket with a cup of cider and a good book is all-encompassing. From lesser-known …

Books

The Curse Of Ken Rogoff—–The War On Cash Is A Prelude To Government Default And Wealth Seizure

By Peter Diekmeyer<p>Ken Rogoff is by all accounts a brilliant man. The Harvard professor and former IMF chief economist is a chess grandmaster. His …

Literature

Bargain hunting and how the brain understands numbers

If you enjoy getting a good deal, the figure you begin at is all important<p>If you are among the lucky ones returning from a summer holiday this week, you might have brought back some souvenirs from markets where you bargained hard to get a good deal - or so you thought.<p>Even if you think you’ve got a …

The Hottest Type Of Facial Hair, According to 8,500 Women

And how to get the look for yourself<p>Good news for guys who hate shaving: Women love scruff, a new study from Australia suggests.<p>Researchers had more than 8,500 women look at pictures of men’s faces, which were either clean shaven, bearded, or stubbled. Then the women rated each image for sexual …

Understanding the economy of the crowd

When you think about crowdsourced work, you probably think about Mechanical Turk and, maybe, Uber. On the one hand, an anonymous platform where people feel like mechanical parts. On the other hand, a face-to-face platform where people are rapidly obsolescing and doomed to be replaced by robots.<p>I …

Simplicity or style: what makes a sentence a masterpiece?

A great sentence makes you want to chew it over slowly in your mouth the first time you read it. A great sentence compels you to rehearse it again in …

Literature

Avoid These Three 401(k) Eaters

I’m always on the lookout for ways to make a 401(k)-type plan more profitable, but there’s so much middleman junk built into these programs. Most people don’t even know how to sort out the bad stuff.<p>In his new book Empire of the Fund, law professor William Birdthistle has not only found quite a few …

Retirement

Central bankers are doing something that hasn't happened in 5,000 years — and drastically changing the world economy

A few years ago, this might have been remarkable. It means banks in the UK can borrow money from the central bank for next to nothing.<p>But in 2016, a "historic low" for interest rates is a superlative repeated so often that it doesn't get much notice anymore.<p>In fact, if the UK's central bank cuts …

Economics