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August 11 2010

The Last Psychiatrist: Why Parents Hate Parenting

I have a surprising piece of advice for parents, which I hope will be taken in the spirit it is offered: your kid doesn't want to be around you that much. No one does.

July 02 2010

Elizabeth Kolbert: Everybody Have Fun

What can policymakers learn from happiness research?

June 30 2010

Jonathan Rauch: Caring for Your Introvert

The habits and needs of a little-understood group.

June 29 2010

Meghan O’Rourke: Good Grief

Is there a better way to be bereaved?

June 28 2010

Chadrick Lane: The Chemistry of Information Addiction

It’s often remarked that “ignorance is bliss.” However, not knowing is stressful, which is why we strive to decrease that uncertainty whenever possible.

Julia Ioffe: Roulette Russian

The teen-ager behind Chatroulette.

Joe Weinman: Lazy, Hazy, Crazy - The 10 Laws of Behavioral Cloudonomics

Lazy, as in minimizing physical, cognitive, emotional and real dollar costs; hazy, as in using heuristics or rules of thumb rather than precise calculations; and crazy, or, as MIT’s Dan Ariely says in his book of the same name, “Predictably Irrational

June 23 2010

danah boyd: I want my cyborg life

I’m 31 years old. I’ve been online since I was a teen. I’ve grown up with this medium and I embrace each new device that brings me closer to being a cyborg.

Aaron Swartz: My Life Offline

But I never knew what life was like when things weren’t constantly being thrown at you. Until it stopped, I never knew how awful it really was.

June 16 2010

David Brooks: Drilling for Certainty

There must be ways to improve the choice architecture — to help people guard against risk creep, false security, groupthink, the good-news bias and all the rest.

Adam Gopnik: What's the recipe?

Every recipe, every cookbook, is an attempt to get you to attain this ideal sugar-salt-saturated-fat state without having to see it head on, just as every love poem is an attempt to maneuver a girl or a boy into bed by talking as fast, and as eloquently,

June 15 2010

May 10 2010

Atul Gawande: ‘Airline pilot’ protocols in finance

The truly great are daring. They improvise. They do not have protocols and checklists. Maybe our idea of heroism needs updating.

May 06 2010

Jill Lepore: Fixed

The rise of marriage therapy, and other dreams of human betterment.

May 05 2010

Mark Pilgrim: Simplicity is hard. Let’s go shopping!

So I did what any self-respecting scientist would do when faced with an untested hypothesis: I devised a test. Which is to say, I unplugged it. The television.

April 16 2010

Why We Haven't Met Any Aliens

Most bright alien species probably go extinct gradually, allocating more time and resources to their pleasures, and less to their children.

January 18 2010

Jonah Lehrer: Accept Defeat - The Neuroscience of Screwing Up

Experiments rarely tell us what we expect. That's the dirty secret of science.
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