Shane Parrish

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Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish is the founder and CEO of Farnam Street, a website sharing timeless ideas for life and business. Prior to starting Farnam Street, Shane was a cybersecurity expert at Canada’s top intelligence agency.
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The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction

The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction

Peter Atkins

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Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

Diogenes Laertius

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The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership

The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership

John Wooden

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The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders

M. Soupios

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Bet With the Best: Expert Strategies from America’s Leading Handicappers

Bet With the Best: Expert Strategies from America’s Leading Handicappers

Andrew Beyer

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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Austin Kleon

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Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World

Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World

Donald Sull

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Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

Christian Rudder

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The Art of Stillness

The Art of Stillness

Pico Iyer

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The Great Mental Models: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

The Great Mental Models: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

Shane Parrish

We tend to isolate the things we know in the domain we learned it. For example:

  • What does the inertia of a rolling stone have to do with perseverance and being open-minded?
  • How can the ancient process of steel production make you a more creative and innovative thinker?
  • What does the replication of our skin cells have to do with being a stronger and more effective leader?

On the surface, these concepts may appear to be dissimilar and unrelated. But the surprising truth is the hard sciences (physics, chemistry, and biology) offer a wealth of useful tools you can use to develop critically important skills like:

  • Relationship building
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision-making

This second volume of the Great Mental Models series shows you how to make those connections. It explores the core ideas from the hard sciences and offers nearly two dozen models to add to your mental toolbox.

You'll not only get a better understanding of the forces that influence the world around you, but you'll learn how to direct those forces to create outsized advantages in the areas of your life that matter most to you.

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