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Fools and their time metaphors

Digital calendars were supposed to make us feel at peace and in control. Instead, we feel scatter-brained, anxious, and over-booked. How have these tools shaped the way we think about time? And how might we free ourselves from the prison of the Gregorian grid?

Smartphones, superstition, and the postmodern condition

In the not-so-distant past, we diagnosed people who feared they were always being watched with paranoid schizophrenia. Now, that same fear is just a realistic understanding of how the world works. What are we to make of this shift?

The market for mindfulness

Until recently, I assumed that mindfulness was a relatively new development in American life—a product of the West’s recent obsession with yoga and Eastern mysticism. Now, I’m beginning to realize that this is not our first rodeo. What can we learn from previous revolutions in thought, and how might we make sense of the underlying patterns in our ideological evolution?

Why people work: a quick field guide

A rough map of 21st century worker tribes. Why they work, what work is for, and what makes their work worthwhile.

Creating excuses for community

Why do we read the news, how does it change the way we relate to one another, and how can we create more connectedness amongst strangers?

Breakdown of will

Why do we feel like we need willpower at all? How can we make sense of the fact that people’s preferences are super inconsistent over time, and why is it that people keep so often undermine their own long-term goals?

Designing a dynamic journal

My computer recently informed me that I’ve typed over half a million words in my journal since 2013. This mind-bending stat got me thinking about what a digitally-native journal could be like—and what it could teach us about ourselves.