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“Solitude is not chosen, any more than destiny is chosen. Solitude comes to us if we have within us the magic stone that attracts destiny.”
The first dodecahedron was discovered nearly 300 years ago, yet no one is certain just what they were used for.
The cold blue light of modern touchscreens may be aesthetically pleasing, but it poses health problems. Designers and technologists should take cues from military history and embrace the orange.
After reporting on personal finance, I used behavioral economics on myself.
The English banned the kilt hoping to do away with a symbol of rebellion. Instead they created a symbol of Scottish identity.
The common yet vague advice is often misguided.
Mind time cannot be measured on a watch.
There’s a certain novelty, after decades at a legacy media company, in playing for the team that’s winning big.
How elite military and scientific teams bring home fallen U.S. soldiers.
One of the most brilliant minds of the Harvard class of ’35, Reed Edwin Peggram met his soulmate on the eve of World War II and risked everything to stay by his side.
Many families are discovering that a 20-year term for a life insurance policy isn’t enough.
By the time you reach the interview phase, your prospective employer already knows a lot about you. They know your previous experience. What they don’t know is whether they want to work with you.
What philanthropic habits can teach us about human behavior and expectations.
From myths to literature to giant squid, here’s how some of our favorite eerie creatures and legends got their start.
Air travel, shipping, and manufacturing are huge sources of carbon that we lack good options for addressing.
What’s rust got to do with it? Very little.
Independent cybersleuthing is a realistic career path, if you can live cheaply.
There are things we all do, or don't do, that lead us to waste far more time than we realize in the moment.
Notes from a month-long hydration quest.
Stop judging yourself, it’s only adding fuel to the fire.
As the capture and conviction of Mexico’s notorious drug lord has shown, taking down the boss doesn’t mean taking down the organization.
Make the social network less soul-crushing.
After years of searching for a diagnosis and wondering if it was all in my head, tracking paranormal activity felt eerily familiar.
When a widow and three children are found dead after a suspicious fire, an investigation ensues that uncovers one of the victims’ monstrous past.
How to learn skills faster.
At the start of the winter semester, I introduced my students to the routine: before each class, they’d silence their phones, get a pouch from the box, and lock their phones in.
Alex Honnold doesn’t experience fear like the rest of us.
Culture fit isn’t just a fluffy goal. Having friends at work is important for your productivity and happiness.
A year in the life of Stephen Willeford, who disrupted the mass murder in his small town’s First Baptist Church and became known as the ultimate good guy with a gun.
Make sure you gather financial documents that you’ll need if you must evacuate in the event of a natural disaster or your home is damaged.
The years since 2008 have seen a global crackdown on offshore finance. Yet a few places have doubled down on offering secrecy to the super-rich. Among these, one tiny Caribbean island might be the worst offender.
Stop trying to balance work and life, and don’t give things up. There are other ways to be successful.
It’s more challenging than it first appears.
This mismatch creates a child-care crisis between 3 and 5 p.m. that has parents scrambling for options.
Rejuvenation technology, mind uploading, and a second shot at life.
Those who imagine that life in the past was simpler, slower, and better are wrong.
“Think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.”
Walt Whitman and the discipline of creative self-esteem.
We come into conversations with our own agendas and low attention spans, but if you want to build better relationships you need to master active listening.
Long before mobile phones or even photography, diaries were kept as a way to understand oneself and the world one inhabits.
Lifelong lessons no kid should ever have to learn.
Hazel Scott was a piano prodigy who wowed the worlds of music, TV and film. But when she stood up for her rights, the establishment took her down.
Her fourth tip might surprise you.
Many Chinese phone companies have a long way to go in the software department, but Chinese Android phones run whole new operating systems that happen to support Android apps.
Balancing work and life is no easy task. Maybe it’s time to tilt the scale a little bit on the life side.
More women than ever are undergoing fertility treatment on their own. Yet the process is designed almost exclusively for couples.
A year after Hurricane Harvey brought Houston to its knees, the city is still wrestling with how to prepare for the next disaster. There’s no shortage of good ideas, but in Houston, that’s never been the problem.
If you plan to delay retirement, watch out for these benefit traps.
The “magic number” helped foreigners like me get by without learning the language. But I didn’t feel at home in China until I finally hung up the phone.
Eighty years ago today, a four-year-old girl vanished into the Pennsylvania woods. The search captivated people across the nation — and some have never stopped looking.
E-cigarette startup Juul Labs is valued at more than $16 billion. It’s also hooking teens on nicotine and drawing scrutiny from the FDA. Can the company innovate its way out of a crisis it helped create?
The Manhattan Project, the program that developed the first nuclear weapons during World War II, worked out of three purpose-built cities in Tennessee, New Mexico, and Washington state. An exhibition considers their design and legacy.
One thing I’ve noticed over the years of bringing my students to Ireland – my homeland – is that they pay rapt attention to the little things.
In a change that has been as seismic for McDonald’s as the drive-through window, the chain has reintroduced its signature burger with fresh—never frozen—beef. And that’s just the start.
Building relationships at work takes time and patience, but it’s crucial to your career. And you shouldn’t limit efforts to just your peers, either.
Scientists are finally starting to understand the centuries-old mystery of “ballooning.”
When I first came across Charlie Munger’s 1995 Speech, The Psychology of Human Misjudgment, I realized that I could learn more from him than my MBA. So I spent the next few years reading and researching about cognitive biases and how we mislead ourselves.
Smart guides for understanding this strange and contradictory moment in history.
U.S. mayors are split on whether business incentives are good politics, but most believe—despite evidence to the contrary—that they’re good policy.
An interview with David Epstein.
The pigments morph because of the Munker-White illusion.
Running your own business is hard. Don’t miss out on your well-earned deductions when tax season comes around.
We are all trained to be passive thinkers and doers, but it can really hold you back.
The famous rhythm game Lumines is back, and it’s a reminder of where things went wrong.
Under pressure of a warming world, does ‘glacial’ need to be decommissioned and pushed over the climate cliff?
We don’t want to hear about the time your dog did a fourteener. Mera, recently renamed Baru, made the first canine ascent of Nepal’s 23,389-foot Baruntse in November 2018.
Amazon Flex allows drivers to get paid to deliver packages from their own vehicles. But is it a good deal for workers?
In the tiny Bavarian town of Dachsbach, Arnd Erbel bakes pretzels and pretzel breads the old-fashioned way.
For most of the history of our species, in most parts of the world, bathing has been a collective act. It might be time to resurrect this ancient and deeply human art.
When the hunting of a profitable bird is outlawed, enforcing the law means dealing with armed and angry lawbreakers.
Children naturally want to help at a very early age—but many families wait to conscript them until that desire has faded.
Smart Design’s Davin Stowell shares the origin story of the OXO Swivel, one of the great icons of 20th-century industrial design.
"Metabolism" has been twisted and spun to the point where what many of us think about it is not entirely correct, if at all. Let’s straighten some of that out.
For decades, the Borscht Belt was the go-to vacation spot for many New York Jewish families.
The new tax law adds wrinkles for homeowners deciding whether or not to retire without a mortgage.
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Thinking is a tool that can be overused. But by recognizing this, you can start focusing on what is really worth your thoughts.
“Who is good if he knows not who he is? and who knows what he is, if he forgets that things which have been made are perishable, and that it is not possible for one human being to be with another always?”
One of the biggest mistakes we make is that we assume we always learn from our mistakes. I’ve met enough people who learned little from their own stupidity. We all know these people. In fact, we probably are these people. You know why? It’s damned hard to learn from your mistakes.
If we lose our capacity for solitude, our ability to be alone with ourselves, then we lose our very ability to think.
Social media has created a world in which everyone seems ecstatic – apart from us. Is there any way for people to curb their resentment?
Imaging discovering you have a half-sibling you’ve never met—or dozens of them. Customers of genetic-information services are uncovering family secrets, and then using social networks to make connections.
The explosive growth of their AI voice assistants has Google, Apple, and Amazon racing to put your entire smartphone in an earpiece.
Tips for getting more done and improving the your daily productivity.
Our time on this planet is limited. Most of us realize that sooner or later. And yet, we keep on squandering our time and running around in circles. Why is it that we waste so much of our time? Most people think that we, humans, don’t understand the value of time.
It only takes a few ingredients and about an hour of your time, yet it’s one the most famous Italian recipes.
“Every classmate who became a teacher or doctor seemed happy,” and 29 other lessons from seeing my Harvard class of 1988 all grown up.
Why even behavioral scientists say listening is so important.
It all comes down to the way we used to study drinking.
Writing can help you gain clarity and confidence in many areas of life. The sooner you start, the better.
The TV legend possessed an extraordinary understanding of how kids make sense of language.