If Seth Godin is the king of short, bite-sized daily blogs that can be read in under a minute, then Tim Urban is the oracle of long-form blog posts that could effectively be short books. His post on Brain-Computer Interfaces, which I read on a long haul flight, checks in at over 36,000 words. That’s about half the size of this book!
Urball calls Wait But Why a ‘procrastination site’, but it is anything but. If you want to learn about anything from artificial intelligence, neuroscience, biology and evolution, private space travel, relationships, religion for the non-religious and other esoteric topics, in a way that is both easy to understand and hours of fun (trust me!). I recommend starting with the blog What Makes You You at bit.ly/whatmakesyouyou.
Tim Ferriss has published several best-selling books, including The 4-Hour Work Week, Tools of Titans, The 4-Hour Body and hosts one of the most popular podcasts in the world, The TIm Ferriss Show. He pioneered the field of ‘lifestyle design’ and is a master experimenter or guinea pig.
Abundance Insider is the weekly newsletter of Dr Peter DIamandis, an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. This weekly newsletter keeps you abreast of developments in the realm of accelerating technology and what the implications are for different industries.
I’d advise taking what Diamandis says with an open, but cautious mind, as his words are often shrouded in a self-conceding cloud of enthusiasm and in many cases comes across quite utopian in his views. Often, Diamandis will point to macroeconomic indicators (eg. national GDP) to demonstrate how great the world is, but ignore microeconomic indicators (local GDP). Still, Diamandis is a heavily influential titan in the space of entrepreneurship and technology and by keeping up with his blog, you’ll keep up with the latest developments in technology and what their implications might be as well as give yourself a good dose of the entrepreneurial ‘reality distortion field’ mindset.
Massimo Pigliucci is a professor of philosophy at the City University of New York (CUNY) and formerly co-host of the Rationally Speaking podcast. His blog, How To Be a Stoic, is a treasure trove of nutrition for the mind and I never miss his weekly newsletter, Plato’s Reading Suggestions for the Weekend which you can find at platofootnote.wordpress.com.
The flagship blog of HBR that contains online versions of articles from the print magazine plus loads of additional articles, videos and webinars in their online library. Explore topics such as innovation, leadership, strategy, marketing, career planning, productivity, work-life balance, decision making, technology, entrepreneurship and more penned by leaders in their fields.
The blog of world renowned economist and author of books like the Complacent Class and Average is Over, Tyler Cowen. World renowned author Malcolm Gladwell says that Cowen’s blog is the first thing he reads every morning.