Short List – September 21, 2014

Falling in Love with the Dark – Todd Pitock – Nautilus’s Todd Pitock presents a captivating story about the efforts to find night skies dark enough to still allow meaningful astronomy and stargazing.  A reminder that some of our most precious resources are under persistent and silent threats.

Shane Parrish’s Farnam Street review of Daniel Levitin’s The Organized Mind – Anyone interested in managing decision fatigue and information overload should read Parrish’s description of Levitin’s work and decide (if you can summon the mental resources) whether you dive deeper into the whole of The Organized Mind.  I’ve added it to my list.

Why I Hope to Die at 75” – Ezekiel Emanuel’s personal essay about finding balance between longevity and a life well lived.  Whether you agree or not, the piece will cause you to think about what matters most to you in seeking the life you want to live.

DMT: The Spirit Molecule – This documentary presents an account of Dr. Rick Strassman’s groundbreaking DMT research through a multifaceted approach to this intriguing hallucinogen found in the human brain and hundreds of plants, including the sacred Amazonian brew, ayahuasca. The film introduces us to far-reaching theories regarding its role in human consciousness.  Pair this with Sam Harris’s blog and Waking Up.

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