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Steven Johnson on the “Peer Progressive” Movement and What the Internet Wants
Steven Johnson on the “Peer Progressive” Movement and What the Internet Wants

“When you give people more control over the flow of information and decision making in their communities, their social health improves — incrementally, in fits and starts, but also inexorably.”

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Everything is a Remix Part 4: System Failure
Everything is a Remix Part 4: System Failure

A brief history of intellectual property, or why 1790 was more culturally progressive than 2012.

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The 11 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2011
The 11 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2011

What it means to be human, how pronouns are secretly shaping our lives, and why we believe.

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Steve Jobs and NeXT: Rare PBS Documentary circa 1986
Steve Jobs and NeXT: Rare PBS Documentary circa 1986

A startup sentiment sandwich from the master chef, or why “reality distortion” helps sales but hurts design.

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Digital Decluttering: 3 Ways to Visualize Your Mac’s Hard Drive
Digital Decluttering: 3 Ways to Visualize Your Mac’s Hard Drive

How to spot RAM offenders, or what data visualization has to do with the workings of your second brain.

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Close to the Machine: Code and the Mesmerism of Building a World from Scratch
Close to the Machine: Code and the Mesmerism of Building a World from Scratch

“…the programmer has no choice but to retreat into some private interior space, closer to the machine…”

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The Dawn of the Microprocessor and the Birth of Venture Capital
The Dawn of the Microprocessor and the Birth of Venture Capital

“Announcing a new era of integrated electronics.”

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Steve Jobs on Why Computers Are Like a Bicycle for the Mind (1990)
Steve Jobs on Why Computers Are Like a Bicycle for the Mind (1990)

A 20-year-old antidote to modern-day digital pessimism.

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In The Plex: How Google Changed Our Lives and Everything Else
In The Plex: How Google Changed Our Lives and Everything Else

What red gym balls have to do with censorship, privacy and organizing all the world’s information.

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Highlights from TED Global 2011, The Stuff of Life: Day Two
Highlights from TED Global 2011, The Stuff of Life: Day Two

How to get eaten by mushrooms, why we’re all African, and what language has to do with genetics.

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