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Philip Tetlock’s Tomorrows. The Mystery of Marriage. My husband and I got married last fall because we wanted to have a party.

The Mystery of Marriage

Welcome to Forbes. Learning how to live. Illustration: Magnet Reps.

Learning how to live

Stop what you’re doing. I don’t mean stop reading this, or whatever you’re doing while you’re reading (brushing your teeth, eating, waiting for the water to boil). I mean consider the possibility of stopping whatever your answer is to the conversational gambit, “And what do you do?” Try putting the appropriate response in the past tense: “I used to be [. . .]” Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney. Photo In our first year in Washington, our son disappeared. Just shy of his 3rd birthday, an engaged, chatty child, full of typical speech — “I love you,” “Where are my Ninja Turtles?” Why Too Much Data Disables Your Decision Making. Quick, think back to a major decision.

Why Too Much Data Disables Your Decision Making

You know, the kind that compelled you to read everything on a topic and lead you to spend hours devouring every last scrap of data. Finding 'Life, Death And Hope' In A Mumbai Slum. Slum Children’s Capacity to Aspire – Policy Lessons. In my previous post, I presented my initial thoughts after reading Katherine Boo’s recent book “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity”.

Slum Children’s Capacity to Aspire – Policy Lessons

I have maintained an active academic and professional interest in public interventions related to urban poverty and slums in cities of the South ever since my undergraduate days in India. Katherine Boo’s book was therefore more than of mere sentimental value to me. I found it a rich source of information on a number of policy arenas – corruption, urban poverty, urban land and labor markets, electoral politics, education, public health, policing, slum resettlement, rural-to-urban migration – just to name a few.

Q&A with Katherine Boo, Author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Special guest post: Nayomi Munaweera, Island of a Thousand Mirrors. Happy Friday, my very dears, and welcome to a special edition of the Open Mic — I’m resurrecting it today to celebrate a special occasion!

Special guest post: Nayomi Munaweera, Island of a Thousand Mirrors

My friend and fellow IWL writer Nayomi Munaweera has published her first book, Island of a Thousand Mirrors. It is a beautiful and vividly written novel with characters who felt real and dear to me from the very beginning. The story colored all my days as I read (filling my Reykjavík living room with Sri Lankan scenery and the sounds of civil war!) Leslie T. Chang: The voices of China's workers. The Science of Loneliness: How Isolation Can Kill You. Sometime in the late ’50s, Frieda Fromm-Reichmann sat down to write an essay about a subject that had been mostly overlooked by other psychoanalysts up to that point.

The Science of Loneliness: How Isolation Can Kill You

Even Freud had only touched on it in passing. She was not sure, she wrote, “what inner forces” made her struggle with the problem of loneliness, though she had a notion. It might have been the young female catatonic patient who began to communicate only when Fromm-Reichmann asked her how lonely she was. “She raised her hand with her thumb lifted, the other four fingers bent toward her palm,” Fromm-Reichmann wrote. The thumb stood alone, “isolated from the four hidden fingers.”

Aaron Swartz: howtoget. Talk, as prepared, for the Tathva 2007 computer conference at NIT Calicut.

Aaron Swartz: howtoget

(Additional notes.) Translations: 日本語 The American writer Kurt Vonnegut used to always title his talks "How to Get a Job Like Mine" and then proceed to talk about whatever he felt like. 'Zero Dark Thirty' Is Osama bin Laden's Last Victory Over America. Indian Soap Operas, Ruled by Mothers-in-Law. What Happens to All the Asian-American Overachievers When the Test-Taking Ends? Sometimes I’ll glimpse my reflection in a window and feel astonished by what I see.

What Happens to All the Asian-American Overachievers When the Test-Taking Ends?

Jet-black hair. Slanted eyes. A pancake-flat surface of yellow-and-green-toned skin. School for quants. Inside UCL’s Financial Computing Centre, the planet’s brightest quantitative analysts are now calculating our future On a recent winter’s afternoon, nine computer science students were sitting around a conference table in the engineering faculty at University College London.

School for quants

Martha Beck: Impotent Rage. Video: How Steve Jobs's Early Vision For Apple Inspired A Decade Of Innovation. Eds.

Video: How Steve Jobs's Early Vision For Apple Inspired A Decade Of Innovation

Note: Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, has passed away at the age of 56, leaving behind a larger-than-life legacy which no obituary could possibly capture. As colleagues and family members and all those who he inspired begin to reflect on his life and impact, it's impossible not to do so without feeling an almost shared sadness, as if the world is collectively mourning the loss of a close relative--even if most of us weren't fortunate to meet him. We all knew this day was coming, but we can't believe it came so soon. Simply put, Steve Jobs made our lives better, and the world is a worse place without his presence and vision. In his memory, we'll be re-publishing stories on Jobs and all that he came to represent. Steve Jobs's return to Apple in 1997 is often referred to as the greatest second act in business history.

I want to be alone: the rise and rise of solo living. Got Cheap Milk? - By Charles Kenny. As the U.S. government starts planning budget reductions that will slash everything from defense spending to health care to bridge repair, potential cuts worth around 0.00025 percent of the value of the deficit reduction agreed on in the recent $2 trillion deal appear to have garnered outsized attention: support to farmers' markets. Those $5 million of subsidies are likely to disappear as part of cuts in the 2012 farm bill, and that is provoking much concern.

The Farmers Market Coalition says the program is "a unique success story in America's agricultural policy. " The Querent. Dan Savage on the Virtues of Infidelity. Online Dating: Sex, Love, and Loneliness. Yawning Bread on Wordpress. My Summer at an Indian Call Center. I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave. Subtle Parenting Choices in Our American-Palestinian Jewish-Musl - InterfaithFamily.com. My eldest daughter first met her grandparents on her father's side on our 1997 trip to my husband's Palestinian village in Northern Israel. Chinese Citizens on Tour in Europe. For several millennia, ordinary people in China were discouraged from venturing beyond the Middle Kingdom, but before the recent New Year’s holiday—the Year of the Rabbit began on February 3rd—local newspapers were dense with international travel ads. It felt as if everyone was getting away, and I decided to join them. When the Chinese travel industry polls the public on its dream destinations, no place ranks higher than Europe.

What Happens When You Live Abroad. What the science of human nature can teach us. Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs. Does meditation make people act more rationally? : Thoughts from Kansas. Via USA Today, we learn about a study showing that people who meditate frequently behave in a more rational manner than non-meditators, and they do so because different parts of their brain take charge of certain kinds of decisions.

The study was based around a common test of rational behavior called the Ultimatum Game. The Self in Self-Help. Naomi Wolf on Why Porn Turns Men Off the Real Thing. Was the Cowardly Lion Just Masturbating Too Much? Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond? - Magazine. The Vegetarian Society.