This one has been bugging me


You know how calendars always hang better in the first few months of the year, because the top part of the calendar has fewer pages, so they don’t curl down around the tack you used to hang it on the wall? They should print calendars so that the last half of the year is printed upside down, so that you can flip it over and have a satisfying calendar hanging experience all year.

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Reactions to stress


How do you react to stress? Do you panic and lose your perspective? Do you go into avoidance mode and try to distract yourself? Or do you keep your eyes on the prize, knuckle down and do what needs to be done?

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Small and mighty


Some of the most impressive feats in history have been accomplished by small teams. That’s been true for as long as there have been people, and it’s still true today. Size has never mattered as much as it seems like it should. You can have more of an impact all on your own than you can imagine.

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I’m intimidated by great writers. I always have been. When I read something amazing it makes me despair. How could I ever make something like that, I ask myself? How could I ever measure up?

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The human mind struggles with truth


The problem with pseudoscience isn’t that it’s always false. You can learn plenty of useful stuff without using science. The problem is that it’s too easy to convince yoursef that something is true when it isn’t.

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Wanting to understand


Strange but true: only one non-human animal in history is known to have asked a question. Not one species of animal. One individual.

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Is there any personal philosophy more empowering than “Fuck it, I’ll do it myself”?

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