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If you read one sci-fi series this year, it should be The Broken Earth | Ars Technica

The haunting trilogy by N.K. Jemisin won Hugo Awards two years running and changed sci-fi.<p>Sometimes a book series is so important that you want …

Science Fiction

10 Things Every Lifter Should Be Able to Do

Take the Tests, Identify Weaknesses, and Get Better<p>Focus on what you need to do, not necessarily on what you want to do. That's the secret to …

9 high-impact books that will make you smarter every day

Lifelong learning is the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated" pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. The pursuit of knowledge is easier than it has ever been before.<p>Cultivating the mind is essential for your personal growth. Digging deeper will separate you from the …

Success

Street Photography Secrets

Secrets which I wish someone told me about street photography, if I started all over again:<p>1. Use an external flash to make surreal images<p>One …

Street Photography

A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety

“There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”<p><i>“The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut observed in discussing Hamlet during his …

Alan Watts

This week’s must-read books

<b>Fast Falls the Night by Julia Keller</b><br>(Fiction, Minotaur Books)<p>Based on a true story, this tale of heroin addiction is sadly all too timely these days. …

Books

Top 10 twists in fiction

Court dramas, classic mysteries and bloody crimes ... from Du Maurier to Lehane, Sophie Hannah chooses her favourite twists in novels (or does she?)<p>There are no spoilers in this article, but we can’t guarantee the comments<p>The word “twist” exerts a strange power over crime fiction addicts like me. …

Books

Real Passion Will Never Die Out? False.

Motivation

How Over-Learning can Solidify a Skill

Watch Wimbledon tennis champion Roger Federer practice his forehand stroke and you see hundreds of repetitions that contribute to his often …

The Brain

Stop Mindlessly Going Through Your Work Day

How often have you looked at the clock stunned because even though you’ve been scrambling all morning, it’s now noon and you have no idea where the time went or what you’ve <i>actually</i> accomplished? There are sound reasons why it’s so hard for us to stay focused — and fortunately there’s research that …

Harvard Business Review

Sometimes The Only Way Out Is Through

If I learned one thing from distance running, it’s that sometimes you just have to gut it out.<p>When you’re tired…<p>When it hurts too bad…<p>When you’re way …

The Secret, Singular Philosophy That Today’s Politics Are Desperately Missing

The last time a politician with a philosophical bent stood up before the American people, as Vice Presidential Candidate James Stockdale did, and …

American Revolution

5 questions from Buddhism, Stoicism, and neuroscience that will make you emotionally stronger

Ever been caught in the grip of extreme emotions? I'm gonna guess whatever decision you made next probably wasn't a good one.<p>When we're anxious, angry, or sad, we rarely do the smart thing. And that can seriously mess up our lives.<p>At work, in love, or pretty much anything we do, we need emotional …

Happiness

The human mind is hardwired to worry — here’s how the philosophy of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius can help you overcome it

A tiny article about Stoicism has had a significant influence on my life since I read it.<p>Maybe for the first time in my adult life, I don't feel like I'm wasting much of my time. I feel unusually prepared to do difficult things.<p>It was a short personal essay by Elif Batuman, about how reading …

Mind

The Definitive List of Stoicism in History & Pop Culture

As Stoicism has seen a cultural resurgence we wanted to compile a list of the people who have embraced or admired the philosophy and in the process …

Success

Seneca on True and False Friendship

“Ponder for a long time whether you shall admit a given person to your friendship; but when you have decided to admit him, welcome him with all your heart and soul.”<p><i>“Friendship is unnecessary,”</i> C.S. Lewis wrote, <i>“like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself… it has no survival value; rather</i> …

Friendship

The Ways Your Brain Manages Overload, and How to Improve Them

Information overload is everywhere, from non-stop news to rat-a-tat email inboxes. At the receiving end of this deluge of verbiage is the human brain—<i>your</i> brain— metaphorically endowed with a vacuum cleaner that sucks up information; a container for short-term memory; a blender for integrating …

Productivity

Knowing the Difference Between Facts and Emotions Can Help Control Conflict

Constant conflict can put a huge dent in even the best of teams. Listen for the emotions that make facts insignificant until the real, underlying tensions are revealed.<p>Facts are married to emotion. As a leader, it's your job to ask the right questions that lead to what the key issues are. The …

Leadership

Mental Preparation Secrets of Top Athletes, Entertainers, and Surgeons

<b>Dan McGinn,</b> senior editor at Harvard Business Review, talks about what businesspeople can learn from how top performers and athletes prepare for their big moments. A big sales meeting, presentation, or interview can be pivotal to success in business. The same goes for pep talks that motivate …

Harvard Business Review

7 Stoic Meditations To Get The Most Out of Today

Given the fact that the mere mention of philosophy makes most nervous or bored, “Stoic philosophy” on the surface sounds like the last thing anyone …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Only Time You Are Actually Growing Is When You’re Uncomfortable

If everything is too good, you’re probably stuck not being awesome.<p>Don’t join an “easy” crowd. You won’t grow.<p>Many people are so comfortable they’re miserable.<p>Breaking a habit, trying something new, taking a risk, making new connections, or putting yourself in a totally new situation won’t be easy, …

Self-improvement

Science Says Anxiety Isn't the Problem. Your Response to Anxiety Is What Matters

Practice accepting anxiety rather than suppressing it.<p>What do you think about when you hear the word anxiety? Perhaps you imagine the sweaty palms and rapid heartbeat you experience when you are about to give a public presentation. Or maybe you think about the times you have trouble sleeping …

Anxiety

Stoic advice: effective altruism

[Feel free to submit a question for this column, but please consider that it has become very popular and there now is a backlog, it may take me some …

Ethics

The Chemistry of Better Habits: Why You Should Start With A Simple Habit

There is a concept in chemistry known as activation energy.<p>Here’s how it works:<p>Activation energy is the minimum amount of energy that must be …

Self-help

The Goldilocks Rule: How to Stay Motivated in Life and Business

It was 1955 and Disneyland had just opened in Anaheim, California when a ten-year-old boy walked in and asked for a job. Labor laws were loose back …

Motivation

Goal Setting: A Scientific Guide to Setting and Achieving Goals

Goal setting is everywhere in our world. We set goals for our careers, our health, and our lives in general. It seems modern society is always …

What Are 5 Books That Can Change Your Life?

I recently posted about five of my must-read books. Here are a few more that have really made a difference in my life:<p><b>What is it?</b><p>If you like this …

Self-help

Five useful photo apps for travelers

Photo apps for travelers<p>Photographers take great care in choosing the right gear for a trip. Why not make sure your smartphone is well equipped for …

Cameras

Around the World in 26 Books

A wonderful thing about the world of books is that there is always more reading to be done. Well, beloved book nerds, this week we shared some …

Literature

8 Books Richard Branson Thinks You Should Read

Richard Branson, the Virgin Group Founder and self-described tie-loathing billionaire, still finds time in his busy schedule to read.<p>Over the years …

Success