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Growing up, we were told TV would rot our brains. So, instead, I’ve been watching documentaries! For years. I’m guessing you have too. They’re a great alternative to fiction movies and TV shows. They make us feel educated, not just entertained. And why shouldn’t they? They throw all sorts of educational material at us, leaning heavily on quotes, statistics, and facts. And best of all, documentaries weave everything into a compelling narrative wrapped in a pretty bow.

But one day, I watched a documentary about a topic I knew well. There, in plain sight, I witnessed the hallmarks of persuasiveness without the rigor of intellectual honesty. …


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Imagine you own an apartment complex. You’re awoken late one night by a barrage of panicked tenants: a criminal snuck in and changed each and every lock. Worse, any attempt to pick or change the locks releases a stink spray into each unit, rendering them permanently uninhabitable. You jump out of bed and rush to the apartment to find a note nailed the front door: “Send Bitcoin and I’ll give you the keys.”

How did this happen? How could this happen? Your building is state of the art: cameras, sensors, even a security guard. The answer, nine times out of ten, is one of your tenants. Mistaking the criminal for a resident, a tenant opened the front door and ushered in trouble. For any organization-apartment, small business or Fortune 500 company-the weakest security link is people. The more people, the more likely one makes a security mistake. …


Author: Walter Isaacson

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Popular images of Benjamin Franklin often center on three items: the bifocals, the kite, the key. Curious, I read the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin a few years back. Franklin’s honesty sparked my real interest in the U.S. founding father. Did you know he began his professional life by running away as a teenager to Philadelphia?

But I always need more data. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life provides a much more thorough and (naturally) objective look at Franklin. …

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