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The Best Articles of the Year
Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling
It is quiet and dark. The theater is hushed. James Bond skirts along the edge of a building as his enemy takes aim. Here in the audience, heart rates increase and palms sweat. I know this to be true because instead of enjoying the movie myself, I am measuring the brain activity of a dozen viewers.
A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.
ATTENTION deficit hyperactivity disorder is now the most prevalent psychiatric illness of young people in America, affecting 11 percent of them at some point between the ages of 4 and 17.
The Limits of Friendship
Robin Dunbar came up with his eponymous number almost by accident. The University of Oxford anthropologist and psychologist (then at University College London) was trying to solve the problem of why primates devote so much time and effort to grooming.
The Upside of Pessimism
The theory of defensive pessimism suggests that imagining—and planning for—worst-case scenarios can be more effective than trying to think positively. I have pretty low expectations for this article. Oh sure, I spent a lot of time on it, and I personally think it’s a great read.
Why Teenagers Act Crazy
ADOLESCENCE is practically synonymous in our culture with risk taking, emotional drama and all forms of outlandish behavior. Until very recently, the widely accepted explanation for adolescent angst has been psychological.
How to Tell When Someone Is Lying
On January 27, 2008, Penny Boudreau’s twelve-year-old daughter, Karissa, went missing in her hometown of Bridgewater, Canada. That afternoon, mother and daughter had had a fight in a grocery-store parking lot.
The psychology of torture
The year was 1960, and Dr Stanley Milgram had a theory about Germans. Only 27 years old, Milgram was a rising star in social psychology. He had just finished his doctorate work at Harvard on the phenomenon of conformity and begun a prestigious professorship at Yale.
The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis
What a growing body of research reveals about the biology of human happiness—and how to navigate the (temporary) slump in middle age This summer, a friend called in a state of unhappy perplexity. At age 47, after years of struggling to find security in academia, he had received tenure.
When asked what I am working on, I often say I am writing a book about empathy. People tend to smile and nod, and then I add, “I’m against it.” This usually gets an uncomfortable laugh.
The self is moral
One morning after her accident, a woman I’ll call Kate awoke in a daze. She looked at the man next to her in bed. He resembled her husband, with the same coppery beard and freckles dusted across his shoulders. But this man was definitely not her husband.
Psychopaths: how can you spot one?
We think of psychopaths as killers, alien, outside society. But, says the scientist who has spent his life studying them, you could have one for a colleague, a friend – or a spouse There are a few things we take for granted in social interactions with people.
The New Yorker
One morning every spring, for exactly two minutes, Israel comes to a stop. Pedestrians stand in place, drivers pull over to the side of the road, and nobody speaks, sings, eats, or drinks as the nation pays respect to the victims of the Nazi genocide.
Not so foolish
Humanity’s achievements and its self-perception are today at curious odds.
What It’s Like to Spend 20 Years Listening to Psychopaths for Science
Kent Kiehl was walking briskly towards the airport exit, eager to get home, when a security guard grabbed his arm. “Would you please come with me, sir?” he said. Kiehl complied, and he did his best to stay calm while security officers searched his belongings.
The Science of Conquering Your Greatest Fears
Many things scare me: the huge rock at the bottom of Boulder Garden on Colorado’s Gunnison River that has flipped my kayak numerous times; the chutes off the stormy top of the Big Sky tram; sullen men with clubs who lurk in Kenya’s Ngong Hills (I met them a while back).
A Revolutionary Approach to Treating PTSD
Bessel van der Kolk sat cross-legged on an oversize pillow in the center of a smallish room overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur. He wore khaki pants, a blue fleece zip-up and square wire-rimmed glasses. His feet were bare.
The Female Sociopath
It's so zen until your eyes bug out. This dog was excited to see its owner. So excited that we threw some happy hardcore on top to more accurately express the level of hype a dog can feel.
Creating a business
“WE EVEN HAD to host the servers in our own office.” Naval Ravikant laughs as he describes how in 1999 he and some friends founded his first startup, Epinions, a website for consumer reviews.
SEVEN years ago Joe Jones (not his real name) left his job with a big NASDAQ-listed company to strike out on his own. He was sick of corporate life and he wanted to test his inner mettle.
This Advice From IDEO's Nicole Kahn Will Transform the Way You Give Presentations
Kahn, along with a team of fellow storytellers, has helped champion this philosophy through events they've held at IDEO offices across the country.
The dark side
A YEAR AGO Jody Sherman shot himself. His online shop, Ecomom, which sold eco-friendly and health products for children, was running out of cash. A few weeks later the business closed its virtual doors. A new owner relaunched it in June.
Dumb down and scale up
Small businesses rule our economy, and each successful small businesses is expected to get bigger. Many successful small businesses are easily scaled. The owner has created something that can be repeated, a product that can be mass produced, a process that can be franchised.
How to Succeed Professionally by Helping Others
Research shows that even if the rewards aren't immediately apparent, contributing to the success of others pays off in the long run. Kat Cole started helping out early. Raised by a single mother of three who held three jobs to support the family, Cole entered the workforce as soon as it was legal.
15 New, Must-Read Business Books for Achieving Success
Growing up as a kid, I never exposed myself to books unless I absolutely had to. Sometimes I’d “have to” read a book and write up a report. Other times, I’d “have to” read a book to prepare for an exam of some sort.
Doing Business In Japan
(For readers for whom Japanese is easier than English / 日本語が読みやすい方：上杉周作さんが本投稿を日本語に翻訳してくださいました。ビジネス・イン・ジャパンをご参照ください。)
At Alibaba, the Founder Is Squarely in Charge
At the resplendent China World Hotel in Beijing, scores of cameras snapped as colorful confetti floated down from the ceiling. It was Aug. 11, 2005, and this was the global coming-out party for Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce upstart.
Your Company’s Purpose Is Not Its Vision, Mission, or Values
We hear more and more that organizations must have a compelling “purpose” — but what does that mean? Aren’t there already a host of labels out there that describe organizational direction? Do we need yet another?
Google’s three Ps
A company is nothing more (and nothing less) than three things: people, processes and purposes. In the language of the software engineer these would be inputs, algorithms and specifications.
Pricing the Web
A note from the editors: Part two of a four-part series about the money side of businesses that build the web. I probably don’t have to tell you that pricing is slippery business. It requires a lot of perspective, experience, and luck (read: trial and error).
What New Team Leaders Should Do First
Getting people to work together isn’t easy, and unfortunately many leaders skip over the basics of team building in a rush to start achieving goals. But your actions in the first few weeks and months can have a major impact on whether your team ultimately delivers results.
Calvin: We have houses, electricity, plumbing, heat ... maybe we're so sheltered and comfortable that we've lost touch with the natural world and forgotten our place in it. Maybe we've lost our awe of nature.
The League That Never Sleeps
You probably know the 2014 NFL season kicks off in Seattle tonight, with Russell Wilson, Russell Wilson’s unairbrushable loins and the defending champs laying six points to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. I’m excited to have Brady, Gronk, Belichick and every other Patriot back in my life.
With characteristic restraint and understatement, the N.F.L. season began last night, in Seattle, where the Seahawks started their Super Bowl title defense by beating the Green Bay Packers.
Are Manning and Brady Cheating? How Rule Changes Have Helped Extend a Rivalry
Did you enjoy the misleading headline we came up with to generate traffic and rig Google results, only it’s a complete misrepresentation from what I wrote this week? What a farce, right? We’ll never do that again, right?
How One Lawyer’s Crusade Could Change Football Forever
There are 1.27 million lawyers in the United States, one for about every 300 Americans — about 400,000 more of them than there are doctors. Their work is rarely glamorous, and especially for those just starting out in the profession, it can be grinding and repetitive.
How Ryan Perrilloux disappeared completely
The former No. 1 high school dual-threat quarterback recruit in the nation is sitting with his mom on the front porch of a little yellow house on Bluebird Street in LaPlace, La. When a nearby train passes its way south toward New Orleans, it sends the living room décor into a 15-second convulsion.
Skeptical Football: The Aaron Rodgers Enigma
In 1994, I had only been watching the NFL for a couple of years. I lived in Hawaii, where the closest thing to a home team we had was the Pro Bowl — which pretty much made me a Dallas Cowboys fan. I griped when it seemed like the Miami Dolphins were on TV every week. But that changed on Nov.
The case for going for it on 4th down
SB Nation goes inside the numbers to figure out when football teams should go for it on 4th down. Short answer: a lot more often! Press Z to read next comment. R to reply.
An Outsider’s Guide to Loving College Football
I did not grow up with this sport. In Washington, D.C., the only college football we have is Maryland and UVa, and watching those games growing up was kind of like planting someone in front of an MLS game and telling them to go crazy for soccer.
Bad British NFL Commentary
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"MORE NFL" — A Bad Lip Reading of The NFL
Another Super Bowl, another Bad Lip Reading. No more kung fu!Like on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/badlipreading Follow on Twitter! http://twitter.com/badlipreading
Imagining Football in a Non-NFL World
One question I get asked once in a while as a football writer — especially by friends who don’t really follow or enjoy football — is whether I think there will still be a sport for me to cover in 20 or 30 years.
The NFL Draft and Michael Sam
Why he slipped and how he’ll do in St. Louis. Plus, the worst trades of the draft! As the seventh and final round of the NFL draft rolled to a close on Saturday evening, two very important men were anxious for very different reasons.
Why I Retired At 26
I decided not to hold a press conference because I didn't want to have to say things that were cliché. I've done enough of that since I've been playing football. I actually didn't really plan on saying anything about my retirement at all. I just kind of wanted to disappear.
Proud To Be
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Five Years Later, the 2009 NFL Draft May Be the Worst Ever
Twenty years later, we can reasonably call 1994 the birth of modern NFL drafting. That’s when the NFL went to a seven-round format, down from eight the previous season. Over that time period, and with five years of perspective, it’s safe to say that the 2009 draft is the worst of that era.
Randy Moss May Well Have Been The Greatest Receiver Of All Time
When Randy Moss proclaimed that he was the greatest receiver ever, he was wearing the same-color uniform as Jerry Rice. Rice, the consensus Greatest Receiver Of All Time™, did not have Moss’s up-and-down career.
What Is the NFL’s ‘Corner 3’?
It all started in a bar. A friend and I were watching Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Pacers and Heat at Old Town Pour House in Chicago. Miami was up just two with 8:37 left in the fourth quarter when Ray Allen started to go off.
N.C.A.A. Fan Map: How the Country Roots for College Football
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The Ballad of Reggie Bush
T he following is an excerpt from Season of Saturdays: A History of College Football in 14 Games by Michael Weinreb. Copyright © 2014 by Michael Weinreb. Reprinted with permission of Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Preorder your copy here.