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- Feb 1 20171 minute
COGNITIVE DIVERSITY IS THE MOST POWERFUL TOOL As the head of Facebook’s secretive new hardware unit, Building 8, Regina Dugan leads a team of engineers who are trying to develop breakthrough technologies, much as she did when she was the first femal
- Jan 16 20171 minute
Are Some Years More Important Than Others?
LILY ROTHMAN THE YEAR 2016 MIGHT BE OVER, BUT debates rage on about whether it was one of the most important—or worst—years ever. Yet amid talk of surprising election results and shocking celebrity deaths, these conversations often miss a key point:
- Jan 4 20176 minutes
How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School
The trendy concept is in high demand among educators, but its specifics are vague.
- Feb 6 20173 minutes
The Roots Of Our Rage
In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra taps into a centuries-long vein of resentment.
- Oct 1 20162 minutes
Love it or loathe it, brainstorming is a ubiquitous part of office culture. Whether it is an effective tool for generating ideas and solving problems is up for debate. And since we love a good debate, we invited 50 leaders in the design community—typ
- Sep 1 20163 minutes
If You Work From Home, Do This Every Day
It's time to give yourself a break.
- Feb 10 20179 minutes
Behind the Internet's Anti-Democracy Movement
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly a reader of neoreactionary political theory. A tour through the pro-authoritarian philosophy gaining visibility on the right.
- Dec 1 20162 minutes
The Moral Imperative for Leaders
WE LIVE IN A TIME of moral outrage. If you listened to partisans on either side of Election 2016, it was a contest between—or a protest of—a criminally corrupt politician and a serial sex offender, even though neither candidate had been formally char
- Dec 12 20162 minutes
The host of radio’s On Being talks about wisdom, debate, downright disagreement—and coming together when things fall apart
- Nov 7 20161 minute
The Danger of Having Too Many Experts
IN OUR GLOBALIZED, TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN world, we have convinced ourselves that the route to excellence and progress lies in specialization. Consider entrepreneur Peter Thiel’s recent argument that workers should make a lifelong commitment to a single c
- Feb 1 20161 minute
How Perfectionism Is Sabotaging Your Business
Author and researcher Jane Bluestein explains the problems with chasing perfection, and how to avoid them.
- Oct 1 20141 minute
10 Ways to Recharge
Your guide to escaping the burnout model.
- Sep 1 20152 minutes
The Truth About Work-Life Balance
Defining and understanding the kind of life you want to lead is the first step to making it happen.
- Sep 26 20162 minutes
Is it better to be messy or neat?
- Jan 13 20173 minutes
Why Conservative Politicians May Be More Attractive Than Liberal Ones
A new study suggests that conservative politicians in the United States, Europe, and Australia tend to be better-looking.
- Mar 1 20131 minute
How to Stay Excited About Your Business
A motivational psychology expert suggests strategies to put into play once your initial enthusiasm about your startup starts to waver.
- Oct 1 20161 minute
How I Hire Employees
AS TOLD TO K.F. FIRST, we determine the DNA of each job, which shows us the personality we need for the right team fit, the individual skill set needed so someone won’t be learning on our dime, and the psychology of the person we need. We describe t
- Jan 26 20174 minutes
6-Year-Old Girls Already Have Gendered Beliefs About Intelligence
They’re more likely to avoid games meant for “really, really smart” children.
- Mar 1 20131 minute
3 Traits That Can Make or Break a Businessperson
Self-made business people will tell you that it's not what you've done, but how you did it that matters most.
- Feb 1 20152 minutes
It's Ok to Be Great: Why Entrepreneurs Deserve to Stand Out
In a path that's marked with extreme highs and lows, blending in isn't -- and shouldn't be -- an option.
- Feb 2 20173 minutes
The Brain’s Connections Shrink During Sleep
This mass downscaling stops neurons from becoming saturated—which may be one of the reasons why sleep exists at all.
- Nov 25 20133 minutes
For Billions of People, “Wasting Time” Makes Little Sense
Robert Levine, a social psychologist at California State University, Fresno, will always remember a conversation he had with an exchange student from Burkina Faso, in Western Africa. Levine had complained to the student that he’d wasted the morning “
- Nov 18 20166 minutes
This Simple Philosophical Puzzle Shows How Difficult It Is to Know Something
In the 1960s, the American philosopher Edmund Gettier devised a thought experiment that has become known as a “Gettier case.” It shows that something’s “off” about the way we understand knowledge. This ordeal is called the “Gettier problem,” and 50 y
- Oct 27 20144 minutes
A Mind That Unraveled DNA & Chased Consciousness
In his most recent book, Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist, Christof Koch wrote that he has known only one genius: Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule. “In a lifetime of teaching, working and debating
- May 26 20161 minute
Spark of Science: Robbert Dijkgraaf: The director of the Institute for Advanced Study on the wonders of his childhood attic.
Robbert Dijkgraaf will sometimes let himself drift back to his childhood attic in the Netherlands. It was there that he did some of his first physics experiments, playing with discarded binocular optics that his father kept stacked in boxes. As he ha
- May 1 20161 minute
5 Steps for Making the Most of Investor Assistance
What to do when investors arrive, claiming they're there to help.
- Aug 16 20132 minutes
Why Everyone Thinks They're Safer Than Average
It’s an odd quirk of the human mind that we tend to think we’re less likely to be affected a particular threat—be it the flu, a car accident, or a flood—than anyone else. Like the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above avera
- Jul 25 20161 minute
BELINDA LUSCOMBE Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Susan Faludi has made a career writing insightful books about gender like Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man. But she was floored when her own father came out as transgender. She recounts his