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20 Satisfying Hobbies and How to Get Them

<i>The New Year is the perfect time to finally take up ceramics, learn Mandarin, start a book club, try rock climbing, or plant a garden. In 2018, the</i> …

Maya Angelou

The Building Blocks of Personhood: Oliver Sacks on Narrative as the Pillar of Identity

“Biologically, physiologically, we are not so different from each other; historically, as narratives — we are each of us unique.”<p><i>“A person’s identity,”</i> Amin Maalouf wrote in his brilliant treatise on personhood, <i>“is like a pattern drawn on a tightly stretched parchment. Touch just one part of it,</i> …

Emily Dickinson

Google CEO: AI is a bigger deal than fire or electricity

During the taping of an MSNBC town hall on jobs with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in San Francisco—it’ll air next Friday—hosts Kara Swisher and Ari Melber introduced a segment on artificial intelligence with a clip of HAL, <i>2001: A Space Odyssey’s</i> scary-smart computer, and …

Susan Wojcicki

A Psychological Explanation for Why Getting Compliments Is So Embarrassing

Last month, I got an email from my life coach telling me how much he enjoyed our last conversation and how much progress I’d made. I scanned it, then …

Psychology

This Is How To Quit Bad Habits Without Willpower: 3 Secrets From Neuroscience

<b>Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it</b> …

Mind

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

layer innocent nothing argue pottery winner cotton menu task slim merge maid<p>The sequence of words is meaningless: a random array strung together by an algorithm let loose in an English dictionary. What makes them valuable is that they’ve been generated exclusively for me, by a software tool called …

Bitcoin

Why willpower is overrated

Psychologists increasingly think effortful restraint is not the key to the good life. So what is?<p>People with a lot of self-control — people who, when they happen upon a delicious food they don’t think they should eat, seemingly grin and bear the temptation until it passes — have it easy.<p>But why? …

Psychology

The In Between Moments: Maximize Your Pockets Of Time

Time is always running out. Everyday it’s fleeting. The seconds are ticking away and we feel helpless.<p>The biggest excuse we often run to when we …

Tim Ferriss

The Extraordinary Life of Nikola Tesla

The eccentric inventor and modern Prometheus died 75 years ago, after a rags-to-riches to rags life<p>Early years<p>Success as an inventor<p>Challenges along …

Albert Einstein

Who is Marcus Aurelius? The Last Great Stoic of Rome

<b>Marcus Aurelius</b> was emperor of Rome during the 2nd century AD, the last in a line of five emperors known to have ruled Rome with authority, humanity, …

Self-improvement

We're Driven to Pick Friends Who Share Our Genes, Scientists Learn

Our "social genomes" play a key role in how we develop our social lives.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Health & Relationships<p>The revolution will not be televised. …

Psychology

All Your Memories Are Stored by One Weird, Ancient Molecule

We actually borrowed our ability to form memories from viruses.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Biology, Evolution & History<p>The revolution will not be televised. …

Biology

16 Profound Murakami Quotes To Calm Your Soul & Answer Your Heart’s Most Pressing Questions

<b>You can't not love the writing of Haruki Murakami!</b> From challenging the way one looks at the world, to opening one's heart to love, Murakami's words …

Haruki Murakami

Book: Principles by Ray Dalio

Several people recommended Ray Dalio’s book Principles to me. I read it a few days ago and thought it was spectacular. I’ve gone out and bought a …

Ray Dalio

Latticework of Mental Models: Domain Dependence

Imagine this. You are escorted into a room. On one corner there’s a table with three items on it: a box of board-pins, a matchbox, and a candle. Your …

Charlie Munger

The DROP Method: Why Defining What To Learn Matters

Learning is something we do everyday. We have to learn how to behave, how to do, and how to improve. It’s the driving force behind everything. …

Learning

How to Figure Out What Your Side Hustle Should Be

A staggering 55 million people — more than 35% of the U.S. workforce — are now freelancers or contractors, and that number is projected to rise to 43% by 2020. About 44 million people report having some kind of side hustle, and of those who do, 36% say they earn more than $500 a month from it. …

Entrepreneurship

AI: What’s Working, What’s Not – Andreessen Horowitz

<b>watch time: 30 minutes</b><p>It’s the golden age of artificial intelligence (AI), a.k.a. machine learning, deep learning, and other distributed computing. …

Andreessen Horowitz

Your Future is Determined After Work!

The time before you go to bed is golden, as it exists every single day, and it’s usually completely yours to schedule.<p>What do you want to do with …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Buddhist teacher on what the living can learn from the dying

“When we come close to the end of our life, what’s really important makes itself known.”<p>We know that we will die, yet we spend much of our lives trying very hard not to think about it. But is it wise to ignore death? Could we live better if we spent more time thinking about our own mortality?<p>Frank …

Mind

Bill Gates: What Gives Me Hope About the World's Future

<b>You could argue that our failure to focus on what’s getting better suggests that the media generally is missing an enormous</b> <b>story.</b> News by its nature …

Bill Gates

The 10 keys to happiness that scientifically proven

January doesn't have to be blue.<p>To create a happy January, we linked up with nonprofit, Action for Happiness, who do incredible work spreading the …

Happiness

The secret to creativity – according to science

Whether you get mesmerised by Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night or Albert Einstein’s theories about spacetime, you’ll probably agree that …

Creativity

Is social media bad for you? The evidence and the unknowns

What the science suggests so far about the impact of platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram on your mental well-being.<p>Three billion people, around 40% of the world’s population, use online social media – and we’re spending an average of two hours every day sharing, liking, tweeting and …

Psychology

74 Things That Blew Our Minds in 2017

The Atlantic’s science, technology, and health reporters learned a lot this year.<p>This past year, reporters on <i>The Atlantic</i>’s science, technology, and health desks worked tirelessly, writing hundreds of stories. Each of those stories is packed with facts that surprised us, delighted us, and in some …

Islamophobia

How to quit bad habits without willpower: 3 secrets from neuroscience

Got any serious bad habits? The extra-strength ones with the FDA warning. The kind you really beat yourself up about — but still engage in all the …

Mind

The Real Future of Work

Forget automation. The workplace is already cracking up in profound ways, and Washington is sorely behind on dealing with it.<p>In 2013, Diana Borland and 129 of her colleagues filed into an auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Borland had worked there for the past 13 years as a …

21st Century

27 fascinating maps that show how Americans speak English differently across the US

In a country as vast as the United States, you're hardly ever going to find a consensus on how to say something.<p>Do you drink soda, or do you call it pop? Do you wear sneakers, or tennis shoes? The answers vary depending on where you ask the question.<p>Linguists Bert Vaux and Scott Golder surveyed …

Language

A Month-by-Month Guide for the Best Time to Buy Everything in 2018

Plan your shopping with this calendar of bargains.<p>In 2018, you may resolve to save more, spend less or budget better. Whatever your money goal, the …

Shopping