Top 5 Reads of the Week | May 22, 2019

Top 5 Reads of the Week | WSJOne Man’s Unlikely Quest to Power the World
with Magnets

by Dan Neil | The Wall Street Journal

“But again, wouldn’t the limiting factor be that the Earth Engine shouldn’t make, it just can’t make, any power at all, according to every rule in the physics book? Most conspicuous is the first law of thermodynamics, also known as the conservation of energy. Where is this energy coming from?”


Top 5 Reads of the Week | NYTHow to Prepare for the Next Recession:
Automate the Rescue Plan

by Neil Irwin | The New York Times

“But there may be another way: an approach that would reduce the pain of the next recession no matter when it comes, what causes it or what the political dynamic might be when it arrives.”

 


Top 5 Reads of the Week | 1843 MagazineThe Curse of Genius
by Maggie Fergusson | 1843 Magazine

“Yet even if your genius is prized, admired and cultivated, social and psychological issues that often accompany great ability may make it an unwelcome gift. From the inside – and for many families that I spoke to – genius can feel more like a curse than a blessing.”

 


Top 5 Reads of the Week | Alpha ArchitectThe Folly of Hiring Winners and
Firing Losers

by Larry Swedroe | Alpha Architect

“While individual and institutional investors alike focus on short-term (whether 1-year, 3-year, or 5-year) performance, the evidence makes clear that doing so is a loser’s game. What’s surprising is that despite all the evidence being well known, having appeared in published journals, the behavior persists. It seems human behavior is very difficult to change, especially when the right actions seem counterintuitive.”


Top 5 Reads of the Week | Scientific American

The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last
Season of Game of Thrones

by Zeynep Tufekci | Scientific American

“The appeal of a show that routinely kills major characters signals a different kind of storytelling, where a single character and/or powerful individual, along with his or her internal dynamics, doesn’t carry the whole narrative and explanatory burden. Given the dearth of such narratives in fiction and in TV, this approach clearly resonated with a large fan base that latched on to the show.”