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The Flaw in Our Screentime Considerations

The concept of screen time has always been controversial, with studies and experts often providing contradictory advice about the ideal amount of time we should spend in front of screens. The traditional approach to understanding screen time often considers it a single, unified entity – as if all screen time was created equal. However, this…

Exploring Humanity Through a Galactic Lens

Adrian Tchaikovsky’s sci-fi novel Children of Time crafts a stunning narrative about the bounds of human nature and evolution’s power across cosmic timescales. In a desperate attempt to preserve life on a dying Earth, humans seed potential planets with monkeys to rebuild civilization across the galaxy. On one planet, things evolve in unexpected ways as…

The Evolving Digital Commonplace Book

In an earlier post, I discussed some of the key challenges and opportunities of creating a digital commonplace book in our age of information overload. While I work to improve my own method for gathering, classifying, and accessing pertinent information, some further ideas have come to mind. In this post, I’ll discuss some of the…

What Do People Do Better Than Computers? The Human Edge

In the era of rapidly advancing technology, computers have become an integral part of our daily lives, revolutionizing the way we work, communicate, and solve problems. However, there are certain aspects of life where humans still hold a distinct advantage over computers. In this blog post, we will explore the unique strengths of human abilities…

Reckoning with Slavery’s Legacy Across America

In How the Word Is Passed, Clint Smith embarks on a tour of sites pivotal to the history of slavery and racial injustice in the United States. This timely book provides a compelling confrontation about how America fails to properly memorialize the enslaved people who built the country. The book in three sentences Clint Smith…

Unlocking Your Inner Genius with the Feynman Method

Richard Feynman was one of the most brilliant physicists of the 20th century. He helped develop the theory of quantum electrodynamics, won the Nobel Prize, and worked on the Manhattan Project. How did he achieve such groundbreaking insights? Feynman had a simple but effective strategy to spur creative thinking that anyone can try. Feynman advocated…

Down the QAnon Rabbit Hole

In Trust the Plan, Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer delves into the origins and evolution of the QAnon conspiracy theory movement. His book provides important context for how QAnon gained traction and influenced American politics. The book in three sentences The book examines the rise of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which baselessly claimed Donald Trump…