Top 5 Reads of the Week | July 10, 2019

Top 5 Reads of the Week | ScienceThis psychologist explains why people
confess to crimes they didn’t commit

by Douglas Starr | Science Magazine

“When presented with a simple choice between a confession and DNA, people would choose DNA. But if the prosecutor offered a theory as to why the DNA contradicted the confession, the juries overwhelmingly sided with the confession—an insight, he says, into the power of story to influence judgment.”

 


Top 5 Reads of the Week | Irrelevant InvestorThe Best Ten Years Ever
by Michael Batnick, CFA | The Irrelevant Investor

“In a system as unpredictable as the stock market it’s difficult to make predictions, but if there are any iron laws we can learn from studying the past, it’s that the good times don’t last forever. I’m not saying we’re about to enter a lost decade, but I’m very confident that the next ten years won’t be as smooth as the last one.”

 


Top 5 Reads of the Week | WIREDHow the iPhone Helped Save the Planet
by Andrew Mcafee | WIRED

“The broad result of this is that we’ve finally figured out how to have a bigger economy and population over time while having a smaller total footprint on our planet. We’ve finally figured out how to get more from less.”

 

 


Top 5 Reads of the Week | WSJThe Fireworks Over Share Buybacks Are Duds
by Jason Zweig | The Wall Street Journal

“Anything that kept profits from piling high in a company’s coffers could help deter managers from stealing, squandering or abusing their power. That would have made buybacks beneficial—a view many investors, analysts and economists still hold today.”

 


Top 5 Reads of the Week | PBS

Why plants don’t die from cancer
by Stuart Thompson | PBS News Hour

“Plants, however, develop in a much more flexible and organic way. Because they can’t move, they have no choice but to adapt to the circumstances in which they find themselves. Rather than having a defined structure as an animal does, plants make it up as they go along.”