How to Survive Solitary Confinement
Wow. Fascinating look at a few solitary inmates who learned to create new alternate realities in their minds.
"Those who succeeded spectacularly — who took their places in the first tier — were often not the most skilled, but rather were those who got some lucky breaks early on or took big risks that happened to pay off."
My latest article explains how Warren Buffett makes time for reading and thinking, on which he spends most of his time.
Wow! These images are incredibly powerful and make you think about the issues differently.
Great article by my friend Zat Rana
AGES WHERE LONELINESS SPIKES
Late 20s - People are finding their way, personally and professionally.
50s - Midlife crisis—Children leaving home / marriages in trouble.
Late 80s - Losing friends / Not having as much to look forward to.
This is the first in a series that will give short summaries of the most useful and universal mental models in the world.
This is a very honest article. It's nice to see behind-the-scenes of people like Ellen and remember that everyone puts on their pants the same way and has their own problems.
Really in-depth and deeply reported article. Really interesting anecdotes.
"I carry my thoughts about with me for a long time, sometimes a very long time, before I set them down. At the same time my memory is so faithful to me that I am sure not to forget a theme which I have once conceived, even after five years have passed. I make many changes, reject and reattempt until I am satisfied. Then the working-out in breadth, length, height and depth begins in my head, and since I am conscious of what I want, the basic idea never leaves me. It rises, grows upward, and I hear and see the picture as a whole take shape and stand forth before me as though cast in a single piece, so that all that is left is the work of writing it down." —Beethoven
Yuval is one of my favorite thinkers. Listening to him and reading his stuff makes me think differently.
This year I systematically looked at a lot of "paper cut" problems I have in my day-to-day life. Then, I bought cheap products that fixed them rather than ignoring them. And, it has made a really big difference in my life. I found this list to be very good and bought several of the things on it.
Pocket is one of the first places I go for article recommendations every week. So, this list of the best articles of the year was that much better.
Interesting review of speed reading studies over the decades.
I find that speed reading is helpful when I'm skimming in order to find the key areas that I should slow down on.
Scientist Jared Diamond shares the 5 reasons why societies fail historically in a TED Talk:
1) ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION
2) CLIMATE CHANGE
3) LOSS OF FRIENDLY NEIGHBORS
4) ATTACK FROM HOSTILE SOCIETY
5) POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL INABILITY TO REACT TO PROBLEMS.
How can we be most useful in the world and make the largest impact?
A framework I had never considered before is EXISTENTIAL RISK.
Here is my understanding of it...
If you view all human life as equal including future generations (as moral philosophers do), then one of the biggest things you can do to improve the world is eliminate the risk of human extinction.
For example, let's say there is a nuclear war that destroys 99% of humanity. That is still infinitely better than human annihilation.
With 1% of the population, you'd have 70 million people. The human species could grow again to billions of people again and continue for many, many generations.
If you kill that last 1%, you not only kill 70 million more people, you kill all of the future generations.
So, decreasing existential risk by 1% is infinitely better than decreasing the risk of a global catastrophe by 1%.
It's explained really well at http://bit.ly/1mOuODQ.