Hi, I’m Shane Parrish.
I have a fairly simple objective: I want to go to bed each night smarter than when I woke up. I also want to live a meaningful life and become a better person. I’m not smart enough to figure out everything myself, so I try to master the best of what other people have already figured out. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
The best way to do this is to read a lot. And so I make friends with the eminent dead.
Farnam Street helps me organize, connect, and pontificate on some of what I’m learning across multiple disciplines.
For inquiries (including speaking engagements), please contact me.
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The Wall Street Journal calls Farnam Street one of the best.
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— Russ Thornton (@RussThornton) August 16, 2013
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@farnamstreet This org is such big fans of yours; you inspire us to push on in pursuit of our own mysterious/fantastic/wacky interests.
— James Kimmel (@JamesLKimmel) November 20, 2011
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— Lynn Pounian (@Panger2013) November 16, 2011
“I am truly impressed with the information you share. Thanks!” — Matthew
“I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: you are a seriously talented curator. hot damn.” — Karen Schoellkopf
— Marcus Greenwood (@inventur_es) June 27, 2012
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“Highly recommend this blog” — Chad Langager
“A unique perspective and always worth reading” — Chris Harvey
“Just found your site, looks so interesting. Looking forward to following and learning” — Nicole Devine
“[Farnam Street is] a wonderful forum for learning how to think…about the world, about knowledge, about oneself” — Carlos Garay
“Truly a gold mine on the Net, filled with wisdom and information.” — Jan Michael Yap
“Farnam Street is THE best blog I have ever read. So much insight and wisdom. It has helped me a lot with my professional duties, and a lot of my free-time reading come from your suggestions.” — Marcius Fabiani
“Shane Parrish … maintains this blog about decision making, critical thinking and lifelong learning. He reads encyclopedically and thinks deeply about how investors—and human beings—can become more thoughtful, patient and creative.” — The Wall Street Journal
“Your website is by far the most valuable learning resource I’ve discovered in recent years!” — Janis Frisvalds
“Lawnmower for the grass of ignorance” — Rodolfo Rosario
Who writes this blog?
Farnam Street is written by Shane Parrish.
I don’t really have an editorial style but content tends to focus on the causes of human misjudgement, culture, philosophy, and various other subjects to feed a curious mind.
When I’m not reading, I help organizations innovate and make better decisions. I can’t work with everyone, but I’m always looking for clients with difficult problems. If that’s you, we should talk.
If you have questions, comments, a link suggestion, or sponsorship inquiries you can email me at email@example.com. I get too much email to promise a reply, but I will read it (promise!).
If you’d like to send me something (book, magazine, a new macbook air, cash), direct it to my PO Box:
PO BOX 14037
I owe a huge debt to Maria at Brainpickings, who has, through her excellent site, given me ideas on how to connect with readers as well as ideas for postings.
The site design was inspired by one of my favorite sites: kottke.org.
Farnam Street participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising commissions by linking to Amazon. Simply put, if you click on my Amazon.com links and buy anything, even something other than the product advertised, I earn a small commission, yet you don’t pay any extra. If you live outside the United States and you would like to support the blog, you can do so here. (Thank you for your support.)
I often post excerpts of things created by others. If you, as a copyright holder, feel I have violated or infringed on your copyright please let me know and I will take down the link or modify the post in question.
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