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Quality Reading: 5 Sources for Long Form Articles

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Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.

–Nicholas Carr

Whether or not Nicholas Carr is right about the Internet making us stupid, we all should try to work some long form, magazine-length articles into our lightweight Twitter-flavored diet. Some topics deserve more than 140 characters, or even 140 words, and our minds can use the exercise.

The following websites offer long form articles from a wide variety of sources:

Since longer articles take longer to read, you may want to save them to read later. Instapaper is great for this purpose. It offers a “Read Later” bookmarklet that lets you quickly save articles to Instapaper for reading later, and you can set Instapaper for automatic delivery to your Kindle, iPhone, or other devices.

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March 6, 2011 at 9:56 am

Fear of the Unknown

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We’re usually not scared of anything when we’re certain of the outcome, but when the outcome is unknown, we automatically project onto the situation the worst possible thing that could happen to us.

via Introduction to the Flow State | Refocuser.

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January 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

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This Is Your Life: And Don’t You Forget It

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Imagine being able to recall details of every day of your adult life.  I toss out a date at random and you instantly flash back to what you did that day, how you felt.  Any date, back to when you were a teenager or perhaps even younger.  You don’t have to work hard to recall it: it’s just there, as if it happened yesterday or last week.

Though it sounds like a Philip K. Dick story—“We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” might be an appropriate title—it is fact, not fiction.  Or at least it is for a half dozen people in the world today.

Scientists call it Hyperthymesia, or Superior Autobiographical Memory, and Leslie Stahl recently reported on it for CBS’ 60 Minutes.

As Stahl was talking with researchers and the five people in the world documented to possess this amazing power of mind, she thought, “this sounds like my friend, Marilu Henner.”  As a result, Henner was brought into the scientific study and—just as Stahl suspected—became the sixth documented case.

People with hyperthymesia tend to exhibit traces of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): many, if not all of them, seem obsessed about collecting and organizing things, including their memories.  One woman said that she might, for example, quickly compare all the March 3rds in her life:  which one was the best March 3rd?  And how do the March 3rds compare to the March 4ths?

Outliers such as these provide further proof that the human mind’s potential far exceeds its routine workload.

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December 29, 2010 at 8:57 am

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