Long Reads: Procrastination, diet and pandemics

Procrastination is a word maybe just a little too prevalent in most of our vocabs, Rich Jackson not withstanding, and is the subject of a short read he found the time for among his weekly long reads.


The procrastination doom loop – and how to break it – Derek Thompson (The Atlantic)

While not particularly long, this is included because I am guessing that many of you probably suffer from the same problems of focusing in the age of the Internet as I do. As James Hamblin recently put it in the Atlantic, “Single tasking is the new multi-tasking.” This article provides advice on how to break the “procrastination doom loop” and better focus at work through identifying the root causes.


The evolution of diet – Ann Gibbons (National Geographic)

This piece is complete with an accompanying video and the standard exotic locations and stunning photography National Geographic has built its reputation on. This article dives into our species’ diet, taking examples from remote tribes from across the world as anthropological examples that demonstrate our diet of thousands of years previously in contrast to what it is today, and how this has impacted and altered different ethnicities’ bodies, because, as stated, you aren’t what you eat, but you are what your ancestors ate.


The next pandemic won’t erupt from the rainforest – Wendy Orent (Aeon)

This article stems the fears of the Ebola virus, countering the concept that deadly viruses erupt from no-where before sweeping across the world. Instead, a virus that would cause humanity real concern, author Wendy Orent argues, is one where pathogens have built up a resistance to antibiotics and are spread via humans in tightly-knit contact to one another – in our “disease factories.”


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