Free will is fake news

What if we told you that there’s no such thing as free will? That’s the premise of Stanford professor Robert M. Sapolsky’s latest bestseller, Determined. He says that all human behavior is down to biological and environmental factors, not personal choices. What does that mean for how we live our lives? Don’t Worry, Society Won’t Collapse […]

Should you try fasting?

Women often receive medical advice that overlooks their hormonal landscapes, which vary considerably from person to person. Problems with metabolic health are often dismissed as normal aspects of aging, but new research suggests that fasting might be the answer. What do you need to know? Metabolic Switching Switching between eating and fasting, known as “metabolic […]

How billionaires are ruining your life

Would you believe the world’s richest men aren’t interested in closing the wealth gap? Indeed, those guys need economic disparity in order to build out their fortunes, according to journalist Peter S. Goodman. Jeff Bezos, for example, built Amazon at the cost of workers’ rights and fair competition. The Real Enemy Foreign competition isn’t the number one […]

Is democracy dying?

The threats to US democracy have never been more real, according to Harvard political science professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. Their latest work explores the Republican Party’s deviation from democratic norms, particularly during Donald Trump’s presidency. Is There a Fix? According to Levitsky and Ziblatt, the United States needs to reform its institutions to […]

How serious is the nuclear threat?

What would happen if a nuclear missile were launched toward the United States? The short answer is: nothing good. The longer answer is explored by Pulitzer finalist Annie Jacobsen in Nuclear War, where she describes a scenario based on her extensive interviews with experts and government officials. Living on the Edge The nuclear winter that Jacobsen […]

A peek inside Amazon’s coporate thunderdome

Kristi Coulter survived 12 years of the intense work culture at Amazon before she decided to call it quits. That included an overwhelming workload, complex office politics, and little to no time for her personal life. Our latest release examines her recent memoir. Pain vs. Discomfort Coulter learned something useful from a yoga instructor: there […]

Let’s get random

What role does randomness play in our lives? Social science tells us that seemingly minor events can have surprisingly significant consequences. Embracing the chaos can help you better manage risk and make plans for the future. It can also make you happier. Leave Room for Chance Our economic and political systems simplify life’s rich tapestry […]

Tools for easing your workload

Do you feel like you’re drowning in work? Efficiency expert Nick Sonnenberg has developed a proven system for work management, including actionable strategies for streamlining processes and reducing stress. Our latest Instaread summarizes his most helpful tips. Streamline for Success Having good systems in place is critical to freeing up brain space and increasing your […]

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