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Michael Simmons

117 days ago

Wow. Fascinating look at a few solitary inmates who learned to create new alternate realities in their minds.

How to Survive Solitary Confinement

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Michael Simmons

131 days ago

"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."

Why You Shouldn't Model Yourself On Top Performers

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Michael Simmons

132 days ago

My latest article explains how Warren Buffett makes time for reading and thinking, on which he spends most of his time.

Warren Buffett: “Really Successful People Say No To Almost Everything”

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Michael Simmons

132 days ago

Wow! These images are incredibly powerful and make you think about the issues differently.

Everything Wrong With Today's Society Encapsulated in Illustrations by Al Margen

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Michael Simmons

132 days ago

Great article by my friend Zat Rana

What Does It Mean to be Spiritual? A Rational Answer.

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Michael Simmons

148 days ago

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.

Loneliness Haunts Us in 3 Life Eras, Study Finds

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Michael Simmons

150 days ago

This is the first in a series that will give short summaries of the most useful and universal mental models in the world.

Fundamental Attribution Error: This Cognitive Bias Destroys Relationships

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Michael Simmons

154 days ago

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.

Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think

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Michael Simmons

156 days ago

The #1 Mental Model For Writers Who Want To Create High-Quality, Viral Content

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Michael Simmons

156 days ago

Really in-depth and deeply reported article. Really interesting anecdotes.

Dr. Elon & Mr. Musk: Life Inside Tesla's Production Hell

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Michael Simmons

157 days ago

How Elon Musk Learns Faster And Better Than Everyone Else

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Michael Simmons

157 days ago

"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

Incubation, Ideation, and the Art of Editing: Beethoven on Creativity

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Michael Simmons

157 days ago

Yuval is one of my favorite thinkers. Listening to him and reading his stuff makes me think differently.

Yuval Noah Harari and Tristan Harris interviewed by Wired

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Michael Simmons

157 days ago

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.

43 Of The Smartest Purchases On Amazon You Can Make That Thousands Of Reviewers Swear By

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Michael Simmons

157 days ago

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.

Pocket

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Michael Simmons

166 days ago

If you want to be massively successful, do NOT set ambitious goals, according to studies

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Michael Simmons

172 days ago

Why “Many-Model Thinkers” Make Better Decisions

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Michael Simmons

175 days ago

As deadly flames approached, a mother called her daughters to say goodbye

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Michael Simmons

176 days ago

The Math Behind The 5-Hour Rule: Why You Need To Learn 1 Hour Per Day Just To Stay Relevant

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Michael Simmons

184 days ago

Unlock Your Brain’s Power With The Einstein Technique

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Michael Simmons

285 days ago

Previously On: How Recaps Changed the Way We Watch Television

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Michael Simmons

371 days ago

Killing Strategy: The Disruption Of Management Consulting

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Michael Simmons

1217 days ago

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.

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Michael Simmons

1224 days ago

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.

Why societies collapse | Jared Diamond

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Michael Simmons

1224 days ago

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.

Nick Bostrom: Can We Reshape Humanity’s Deep Future?

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