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Mastering The Best Of What Other People Have Already Figured Out

Farnam Street 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 operate around the globe and have helped millions of people master the best of what other people have already figured out.

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Recent Articles

Activation Energy: The Reason Coffee Helps you Get Going

June 28, 2017

The Basics The beginning of any complex or challenging endeavor is always the hardest part. Not all of us wake up and jump out of bed ready for the day. Some of us, like me, need a little extra energy to transition out of sleep and into the day. Once I’ve had a cup of […]

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Counterinsurgency: Fighting Back

June 26, 2017

The Basics For an accurate definition of counterinsurgency (and the flipside, insurgency), we can look to one of the definitive texts on the topic. In Counterinsurgency, David Kilcullen writes: An insurgency, according to the current US military field manual on the subject is ‘an organized movement aimed at the overthrow of a constituted government through […]

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All Models Are Wrong

June 21, 2017

How is your journey towards understanding Farnam Street’s latticework of mental models going? Is it proving useful? Changing your view of the world? If the answer is that it’s going well that’s good. There’s just one tiny hitch. All models are wrong. Yep. It’s the truth. However, there is another part to that statement: All […]

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