reading a book

How to Read a Book – Book Review

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren is THE classic text on reading thoughtfully. Is it still worth reading, even though it was last updated in 1972?

Don’t shoot the messenger on this one. But most of all, he simply observes his students, year to year, noting all the obvious evidence of teens’ decreasing abilities when confronted with even the most basic intellectual tasks, from understanding simple history to working through moderately complex ideas to even (in a couple recent examples that… Read more

LiveScience is reporting that sleep-deprivation allows our brains to overreact to bad experience. “While we predicted that the emotional centers of the brain would overreact after sleep deprivation, we didn’t predict they’d overreact as much as they did,” Walker said. “They became more than 60 percent more reactive to negative emotional stimuli. That’s a whopping… Read more

Mike Arrington has an interesting piece on Yossi Vardi, a prolific tech investor of the past 40 years (more on Yossi in a bit). Within this piece a killer speech given by Teddy Roosevelt in 1910 was referenced. In an eloquent way, Roosevelt managed to sum up why it’s better to try, even when failure… Read more

In case you haven’t heard, today is Blog Action Day, or a day when bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind – the environment. I think this is a great demonstration of the power that bloggers have to influence, and even bring about change with important issues,… Read more

LifeRemix pal Chanpory of LifeClever has a great post on how to make more time in your work day… for yourself. Because let’s be honest: We’re going to make that time whether it’s on the schedule or not. According to Neil Fiore and 30 years of research, procrastination isn’t the result of laziness. Rather, procrastination… Read more

Mr. Mann has a great collection of work hacks to filter the noise around the workplace. Here’s my favorite email filter: Smoking the bacn – Similar to my “no press releases” trick, filter any email that contains the string “to unsubscribe.” Although many of these certainly will be valuable (sign-ups, Google lists), that string means… Read more

This article is part of a four-article cross-blog series, all published today on different blogs. If you find this article useful, check out the other parts: – Mastering Productivity – a cross-blog series at How to be an Original – Mastering Productivity – Money at Dumb Little Man – Mastering Productivity – How to be… Read more

This is the fourth article in the series Ideas From Start to Finish. Ahh change.  Some love it, others fear it. Regardless of your preference, it’s still an extremely vital part of the development process of any idea. Unfortunately, it can be hard to be open to change when it comes to our ideas. However,… Read more

This is the second post in the series Ideas From Start to Finish. If there’s one thing I’ve learned developing web applications is that you have to start working on the idea right away. Channeling that enthusiasm and adrenaline is a great way to kick-start the project. However, while adrenaline is great for short-term results,… Read more

This is the second post in the series Ideas From Start to Finish. When a new idea strikes me for a website, I typically try to run it by a close friend. And usually, I get a really blank look. It’s not that the ideas are bad, it’s that the person I’m explaining it to… Read more

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