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10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings. I remember my first awareness of mortality as a child in Bulgaria.

10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings

I was nine and my father was relaying an anecdote from his youth. I asked him when it had taken place. With unconcerned casualness, he replied: “About a decade ago.” I was astonished that people could segment their lives into blocks this big — my own life hadn’t yet lasted a decade. In realizing that “a decade ago” I hadn’t existed — the self I now so vividly experienced daily was then a nonentity — I also realized that in several more of those ten-year blocks, my dad, and eventually I, will cease to exist.

After one such time-block, I left Bulgaria for America, lured by the liberal arts education promise of being taught how to live. All the while, I was working numerous jobs to pay my way through school. The site grew as I grew — an unfolding record of my intellectual, creative, and spiritual development. And now, somehow, a decade has elapsed. Here are all ten, in the order that they were written. From year seven: Millennials Aren’t Entitled—They’re Just Better Than You. “Millennials care more about internet fame than their company!”

Millennials Aren’t Entitled—They’re Just Better Than You

“Millennials expect to be in the C-suite after their first week!” “Millennials are coddled babies who’ve never had to work for anything in their lives!” Sound familiar? People—the Baby Boomer generation especially—love criticizing Millennials. If you sift through the morass of anti-Millennial articles that have been published, you’ll notice that almost every critique boils down to the same point: Millennials are entitled. People who say this kind of stuff usually have a litany of stats to back up their claim, things like: Millennials change careers four times before turning 30.Over 30% percent of Millennials live with their parents at 30.Over 35% still receive financial help from their parents.

Some women don't want kids. And that's OK. This comic breaks it down. Effective learning: Twenty rules of formulating knowledge. The speed of learning will depend on the way you formulate the material.

Effective learning: Twenty rules of formulating knowledge

The same material can be learned many times faster if well formulated! The difference in speed can be stunning! The rules are listed in the order of importance. Those listed first are most often violated or bring most benefit if complied with! There is an underlying assumption that you will proceed with learning using spaced repetition, i.e. you will not just learn once but you will repeat the material optimally (as in SuperMemo). Do not learn if you do not understandTrying to learn things you do not understand may seem like an utmost nonsense. Avoid setsA set is a collection of objects. Here again are the twenty rules of formulating knowledge. Why We Go Off People Who Like Us. The biggest mistakes people make when choosing a life partner. To a frustrated single person, life can often feel like this: And at first glance, research seems to back this up, suggesting that married people are on average happier than single people and much happier than divorced people.1 But a closer analysis reveals that if you split up “married people” into two groups based on marriage quality, “people in self-assessed poor marriages are fairly miserable, and much less happy than unmarried people, and people in self-assessed good marriages are even more happy than the literature reports”.2 In other words, here’s what’s happening in reality: Dissatisfied single people should actually consider themselves in a neutral, fairly hopeful position, compared to what their situation could be.

The biggest mistakes people make when choosing a life partner

A single person who would like to find a great relationship is one step away from it, with their to-do list reading, “1) Find a great relationship.” All the research on how vastly happiness varies between happy and unhappy marriages makes perfect sense, of course. Uk.businessinsider. Do you really believe that watching a lecturer read hundreds of PowerPoint slides is making you smarter?


I asked this of a class of 105 computer science and software engineering students last semester. An article in The Conversation recently argued universities should ban PowerPoint because it makes students stupid and professors boring. I agree entirely. However, most universities will ignore this good advice because rather than measuring success by how much their students learn, universities measure success with student satisfaction surveys, among other things.

What is so wrong with PowerPoint? Overreliance on slides has contributed to the absurd belief that expecting and requiring students to read books, attend classes, take notes and do homework is unreasonable. Courses designed around slides therefore propagate the myth that students can become skilled and knowledgeable without working through dozens of books, hundreds of articles and thousands of problems. Measuring the wrong things. Quarter-life crisis. I did not see this coming.

Quarter-life crisis

I did not even know such a phrase exists. I am familiar only with “midlife” crisis, and it happens during someone’s 40s. I am 24 and this is my fourth job. Why Procrastinators Procrastinate. PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.) pro-cras-ti-na-tion |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-| noun the action of delaying or postponing something: your first tip is to avoid procrastination. Who would have thought that after decades of struggle with procrastination, the dictionary, of all places, would hold the solution. Avoid procrastination. While we’re here, let’s make sure obese people avoid overeating, depressed people avoid apathy, and someone please tell beached whales that they should avoid being out of the ocean. 10 awkward friendships you probably have — we all have a #9.

A note about listicles: So we know a lot of people hate listicles and associate them with cheap, low-quality, traffic-driving, link-bait articles.

10 awkward friendships you probably have — we all have a #9.

But here’s the thing—a list is a great format for an article, and a format I was using on my old blog almost 10 years ago. In fact, my first listicle, 19 Things I Don’t Understand, was published in August of 2005, a year before Buzzfeed was even founded. Then, over the last few years, I watched in horror as one of my favorite formats decided to prostitute itself all over the internet as the default format for lazy articles.