Welcome to FS

Think Better. Live Better. Be Better.

Farnam Street (FS) helps you master the best of what other people have already figured out. Together we will develop the mental models to understand how the world works, make better decisions, and live a more meaningful life.

In a world full of noise and expiring information, FS is a place to step back and think about time-tested ideas. Not only will we help you remember how curious you were, but we’ll help you think in a multidisciplinary way.

FS has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, and more.

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Resonance: How to Open Doors For Other People

May 15, 2019

It’s only polite. Hold the door open for others, and they will open doors for you. We are far more interdependent than we would like to admit. We biologically need to connect. “Limbic resonance” is a term used by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon in their book. A General Theory of Love, to […]

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Gates’ Law: How Progress Compounds and Why It Matters

May 13, 2019

“Most people overestimate what they can achieve in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in ten years.” It’s unclear exactly who first made that statement, when they said it, or how it was phrased. The most probable source is Roy Amara, a Stanford computer scientist. In the 1960s, Amara told colleagues that he […]

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Renaissance Paragone: An Ancient Tactic for Getting the Most From People

May 06, 2019

One of the engines behind the Italian Renaissance was the concept of paragone—pitting creative efforts against one another in the belief that only with this you could come to see art’s real significance. At first, the concept drove debates in salons. Eventually, however, it shifted into discussions of art, often among the very people who […]

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The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts

The old saying goes, “To the man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” But anyone who has done any kind of project knows a hammer often isn’t enough.

The more tools you have at your disposal, the more likely you’ll use the right tool for the job — and get it done right.

The same is true when it comes to your thinking. The quality of your outcomes depends on the mental models in your head. And most people are going through life with little more than a hammer.

Until now.

The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts is the first book in The Great Mental Models series designed to upgrade your thinking with the best, most useful and powerful tools so you always have the right one on hand.

This volume details nine of the most versatile, all-purpose mental models you can use right away to improve your decision making, productivity, and how clearly you see the world. You will discover what forces govern the universe and how to focus your efforts so you can harness them to your advantage, rather than fight with them or worse yet— ignore them.

Upgrade your mental toolbox and get the first volume today!


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