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5 Whys For Solving Any Problem

P<p>roblems are part of life, but understanding the root cause of them is never simple. When we first run into any problem we naturally ask, why did …

Root Cause Analysis

What Makes a Genius?

Some minds are so exceptional they change the world. We don’t know exactly why these people soar above the rest of us, but science offers us clues.<p>This story appears in the May 2017 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p><b>The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia</b> houses an array of singular medical specimens. …

The Brain

The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think

We crunched the data on where journalists work and how fast it’s changing. The results should worry you.<p>May/June 2017<p><b>How did big media miss the Donald Trump swell?</b> News organizations old and new, large and small, print and online, broadcast and cable assigned phalanxes of reporters armed with the …

Journalism

The Human Brain Is a Time Machine

“Time” is the most common noun in the English language, Dean Buonomano tells us on the first page of his new book, <i>Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The</i> …

The Brain

What ‘personal space’ looks like around the world

If you've traveled even a little bit, you’ve surely had the experience of sharing a public space with someone (or many someones) who wants to stand closer to you than you’d allow your partner most of the time. (I often had this experience at the ATMs in Baku, Azerbaijan, where crowding has replaced …

Psychology

This Is How To Survive In A Toxic Workplace: 3 Secrets From Research

Do you deal with some awful people at work? Do they annoy you beyond belief at times?Actually, it’s a lot worse than that — whether you realize it or …

The Workplace
Leadership

How Humans Are Shaping Our Own Evolution

Like other species, we are the products of millions of years of adaptation. Now we're taking matters into our own hands.<p>This story appears in the April 2017 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p><b>When I met the cyborg Neil Harbisson</b>, in Barcelona, he looked like any local hipster, except for the …

Evolution

Spending time alone is the best way to get real rest—even for extroverts

Picture this. It’s a Saturday morning, and autumn sunshine is falling through the blinds. You have a cup of coffee, a book, and an easy chair. Best of all: you’re alone. Your family, housemates, spouse, or children are elsewhere, and three uninterrupted hours stretch before you.<p>Restful, right? For …

Introverts

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”<p>You were going to get one-click access to the full text of nearly every book that’s ever been published. Books still in print you’d have to pay for, but everything else—a collection slated to …

Publishing

The Deep Space of Digital Reading - Issue 47: Consciousness

In <i>A History of Reading</i>, the Canadian novelist and essayist Alberto Manguel describes a remarkable transformation of human consciousness, which took …

Consciousness

The Internet Isn’t Making Us Dumber — It’s Making Us More ‘Meta-Ignorant’

At five-foot-six and 270 pounds, the bank robber was impossible to miss. On April 19, 1995, he hit two Pittsburgh banks in broad daylight. Security …

Psychology

Eight words that changed the way we think

The exact origins of words are often difficult to place. But sometimes they are the inventions of ground-breaking pioneers – from Chaucer to JK Rowling.<p>Every word conceals a story, a secret history. Behind the syllables we use every day lurk countless forgotten tales. “If you know the origin of a …

Language

Why You Need To Train Your Brain To Be More Productive

Homeostasis and Why We Backslide

At some time or another, we’ve all sought to make big changes. And almost of all of us have, after making grand plans, discovered that changing some …

Wellness

How Google ate CelebrityNetWorth.com

CelebrityNetWorth.com launched in 2008 because Brian Warner, a former finance major working at a digital media company, wondered what Larry David was …

SEO

The case for being grumpy at work

On my birthday this year, my coworkers planned an elaborate surprise. When I came into work, several dozen colleagues had dressed up as me, donning my trademark accessories: a flannel shirt, a baseball cap—and a scowl.<p>There are two takeaways from this anecdote. The first is that I have truly …

Why We Have To Convince Ourselves To Do What We Want

W<p>ait a second? That can’t be right, can it? In fact it happens all the time. We want to do something more than anything, but we don’t do it. Why?<p>I …

Success

Talent Is Overrated: Top 10 Habits Of Mentally Tough People

People with limitless determination always have enough talent to succeed.<p>Regardless if you’re an entrepreneur, athlete, coach, artist or politician, we all must overcome hurdles and setbacks at some point in our lives. These challenges can seem insurmountable, but what separates the successful, or …

Success

The Joy of Hate Reading

Here’s a reading challenge: Pick up a book you’re pretty sure you won’t like — the style is wrong, the taste not your own, the author bio unappealing. You might even take it one step further. Pick up a book you think you will hate, of a genre you’ve dismissed since high school, written by an author …

Literature

Computer Science Reveals 4 Secrets That Will Make You Happy

Where do you go for most of your answers these days? Google. And it’s no surprise that Google’s a company full of engineers. Engineers solve …

Computer Science

How working less could solve all our problems. Really. |

<i>Stocksy</i><p>Shorter workweeks could help reduce accidents, combat climate change, make the genders more equal, and more, contends historian and author …

The Workplace

A Face-to-Face Request Is 34 Times More Successful than an Email

Imagine you need people to donate to a cause you care about. How do you get as many people as possible to donate? You could send an email to 200 of your friends, family members, and acquaintances. Or you could ask a few of the people you encounter in a typical day—face-to-face—to donate. Which …

Psychology

Don’t Despair: Big Ideas Can Still Change The World

In the late summer of 1954, a brilliant young psychologist was reading the newspaper when his eye fell on a strange headline on the back</i> …

Austrian Economics

How many hours of sleep do you actually need?

It depends on how well you want your brain to work<p>Sleep is a time suck. If you multiplied the average recommended number of hours we should sleep in a day—eight for a typical adult—by the number of days in an average lifespan (78.8 years in the United States), that would amount to about 9,587.3 …

Well-being

Rising Entrepreneurs Tell Us How They Did It

Hard work is … well, hard. But, late nights and long hours can really pay off when you’re working towards a dream. These four inspiring New York …

Business Strategy

This is the Jeff Bezos playbook for preventing Amazon’s demise

It’s Day 1 forever because Day 2 is death.<p>Once a year, in his letter to Amazon shareholders, Jeff Bezos gives us all a glimpse into his business world view and management philosophy. This year’s version did not disappoint.<p>In it, Bezos explains how he thinks about preventing Amazon from slipping …

Amazon

How to Evaluate, Accept, Reject, or Negotiate a Job Offer

Congratulations! You got the job. Now for the hard part: deciding whether to accept it or not. How should you assess the salary as well as the other perks? Which publicly available information should you rely on? How should you try to get a better deal? And what’s the best way to decline an offer …

Employment

Amazon's Jeff Bezos constantly reminds his workers about the biggest enemy: 'Irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline.'

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos knows a thing or two about building a successful business.<p>Several analysts have predicted that Amazon will be the world's first company with a trillion-dollar valuation, and Bezos recently became the second-richest person on earth.<p>In his latest letter to Amazon shareholders, …

Amazon