Science & Technology
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
After reading Clear’s blog for years, I expected Atomic Habits to be quite useful. But, I was astonished by how useful it is.
The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking by Saifedean Ammous
Ammous places Bitcoin in a broad historical context and makes a good case that it has the potential to be the next stage in the evolution of sound money.
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
In Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, Dutch-American primatologist Frans de Waal brings history, philosophy, and science to bear on this pregnant question.
Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre
Goldacre outs many of the most heinous sources of misleading health-related claims and provides tools to understand and evaluate them.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
Bad Blood is a story of good and evil—of liars who bury the truth and the people of intelligence and integrity who keep digging until they find and expose it.
Google’s Triumph of Relevance over Stickiness
Where others prioritized stickiness, Google prioritized relevance and reliability. Wheras others played the role of the clingy friend who tried to hold your attention, Google simply pointed you in the right direction.
Alex Epstein on An Inconvenient Sequel and Al Gore’s Methods of Deception
Alex Epstein discusses Al Gore’s new “documentary,” An Inconvenient Sequel, and Gore’s methods of deception, which Epstein condenses into a few easily retainable and explainable fallacies.
Reason and Capitalism, or Unreason and Environmentalism: Choose Wisely
If liberating a bulldozer’s dharma nature and returning it to the Earth strikes you as crazy, you’re not using your reptilian cortex.
My Non-Sacrificial Donation of Stem Cells to Save a Life
College student Mark Coldren recounts his experience and reasons for donating stem cells to save the life of a man halfway around the globe.