Short-termism and Survival

Today, people and organizations seem to favor optimizing for the present, rather than the future. This is known as short-termism, a concentration on short-term objectives at the expense of long-term benefits. While studies show mixed evidence for widespread short-termism, it seems to be a problem empirically. Companies are investing less in research and development, which has historically…

Are Traditional Sleep Patterns Bogus?

Recently, there has been a flood of articles highlighting and pushing back against many people’s relationship (or lack thereof) with sleep. The most notable champion of this movement is Arianna Huffington, with her Sleep Revolution. Ms. Huffington and others make arguments that can be boiled down to a handful of key points: Our society values the…

Here’s Why Depression Incidence Will Increase

Depression is one of the most powerful forces in the human mind. It makes us less productive, less social, and even less human. It practically represents anti-life because it traps you in a box in which you can no longer express yourself adequately. It can be a confusing, frightening, soul-sucking ordeal. And despite our best efforts, our…

Mediated Knowledge: How Do We Know What We Know?

How do human beings know things? On the surface that seems like a stupid question. We know things because we learn or experience them. For example, I know that Barack Obama was the first African-American president because I was alive for his election. I remember watching the news and reading articles about his victory over…