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Mastering The Best Of What Other People Have Already Figured Out

Farnam Street (FS) is devoted to helping you develop an understanding of how the world really works, make better decisions, and live a better life. We address such topics as mental models, decision making, learning, reading, and the art of living.

In a world full of noise, Farnam Street is a place where you can step back and think about time-tested ideas while asking yourself questions that lead to meaningful understanding. We cover ideas from science and the humanities that will not only expand your intellectual horizons but also help you connect ideas, think in multidisciplinary ways, and explore meaning.

Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and run by Shane Parrish, we have helped millions of people master the best of what other people have already figured out.

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How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape our Reality

October 15, 2018

“We can select truths that engage people and inspire action, or we can deploy truths that deliberately mislead. Truth comes in many forms, and experienced communicators can exploit its variability to shape our impression of reality.” *** The truth is not as straightforward as it seems. There are many truths, some of them more honest […]

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Sex on the Beach with Montaigne and Descartes

October 01, 2018

In the second installment of our FS Bar series (see here for the first), philosophers Montaigne and Descartes discuss the utility of experience, what kind of knowledge we should seek, and sex on the beach. As always, they are attended by our intellectually curious bartender Kit. The door to the FS Bar opens and Montaigne […]

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Winner Takes it All: How Markets Favor the Few at the Expense of the Many

September 24, 2018

Markets tend to favor unequal distributions of market share and profits, with a few leaders emerging in any industry. Winner-take-all markets are hard to disrupt and suppress the entry of new players by locking in market share for leading players. *** In almost any market, crowds of competitors fight for business within their niche. But […]

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