Jewish Law Firms, Climate Data, Causes of Crime, Optical Illusions, and More IQ Points

This is the stuff I consume. I hope you will benefit from being exposed to it.

The incredible story of Jewish law firms in New York.

Canadians with Cystic Fibrosis live, on average, ten years longer than Americans with the disease. — New York Times

What do Economists Actually Know? — Russ Roberts on self delusion in the dismal science

The Lead-Crime Hypothesis — a fascinating dive into whether lead in gasoline and other products led to psychological disorders that caused crime waves. Much of this evidence is quite compelling, yet society is so complex that causation is a big leap.

The Abortion-Crime Hypothesis — just to make things more complex.

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes — An excellent Atlantic piece on unnecessary medical treatment in the US.

A huge Slideshare deck on irrational cognitive biases. Worth the trip.

One area where I think we [Amazon] are especially distinctive is failure. I believe we are the best place in the world to fail (we have plenty of practice!), and failure and invention are inseparable twins. To invent you have to experiment, and if you know in advance that it’s going to work, it’s not an experiment. Most large organizations embrace the idea of invention, but are not willing to suffer the string of failed experiments necessary to get there.
— Jeff Bezos

Don’t delight customers, reduce the pain-in-the-ass factor — Tom Monahan

An amazing essay, The Return of Nature, by Jesse Ausubel

I’m trying to publish this stuff weekly or so. Contact me if you can help me get good content to a wider audience.

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David Siegel is a serial entrepreneur in Washington, DC. He is the founder of the Pillar Project and 2030. He is the author of The Token Handbook, The Digital Money Book, Open Stanford, The Culture Deck, Climate Curious, and The Nine Act Structure. He does consulting, coaching, and gives speeches to audiences around the world — see his speaker page if you would like him to speak at your next event. His full body of work is at

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