Longform: Human Understanding

Mainly longform editorial on the topics of psychology, philosophy and more. Understand yourself. Seek the truth.

The Four-Letter Code to Selling Just About Anything
What makes things cool?
  14 Minutes - by Derek Thompson for The Atlantic


The Biology of Attraction
Retro Read: Much of courtship and mating is choreographed by nature. In fact, nature designed men and women to work together.
  20 Minutes - by Helen E. Fisher for Psychology Today


We Are All Confident Idiots
The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertise. A leading researcher on the psychology of human wrongness sets us straight. 
  27 Minutes - by David Dunning for Pacific Standard 


A Day In The Life of a Line Cook in One of NYC's Fanciest Restaurants
NL Pick of the Week: Nina Araba Wilmot is hustling towards her dream while working grueling, long hours at Le Cou Cou - the much celebrated NYC restaurant. It's a fascinating glimpse into the gender, ethnicity, and economic dynamics of the hospitality industry. 
  16 Minutes - by Amanda Shapiro for Bon Appetit


Steven Pinker & The Radical Case for Optimism
Bill Gates has called both of his books two of the most inspiring he's ever read. He's one of the most influential intellectuals in the world, and he thinks everything going on in the world is A-OK. 
 
12 Minutes - by Amanda Petrusich for Playboy


Pornucopia
Critics say that porn degrades women, dulls sexual pleasure, and ruins authentic relationships - are they right?
 
19 Minutes - by Maria Konnikova for Aeon


   by Tom Junod
 35 mins
Can You Say, "Hero." 
Retro, 1998: A profile of Mr. Rogers.


  by Sara Corbett
 15 mins
The Holy Grail of the Unconscious
This is a story about a nearly 100-year-old book, bound in red leather, which has spent the last quarter century secreted away in a bank vault in Switzerland. It became available in 2009. Does it hold the secret to our unconscious mind?


  by Andy Greenberg
 13 mins
Reputation Game: How to Control The Way We Appear In The Eyes of Others
From Harvey Weinstein to Taylor Swift, celebrities have become their own PR agents – and we are following their lead.


  by Julie Beck
 15 mins
The New Age of Astrology
In a stressful, data-driven era, many young people find comfort and insight in the zodiac—even if they don’t exactly believe in it.