Feeling overwhelmed?

It might be time to change the way you eat the internet. Like bad food, bad information is everywhere. Junk info warps our worldview.

But worry not. We'll help balance your fact diet.

Dietary Mindset

Upsetting news can contribute to anxiety, sleeping trouble, raise cortisol levels and even trigger PTSD.

More bad news about news: high cortisol levels cause impaired digestion, lack of cell, hair and bone growth, nervousness and susceptibility to infections. Other potential side-effects include fear, aggression, tunnel-vision and desensitization.  

Time for a healthier way to consume your facts.  

Our information diet is divided into sections, with brief explanations of how and why we’ve picked what we’ve picked. Hopefully, our suggestions can help you build your own dietary mindset.

Bon appétit.

Cortisol
Bullshit

The Menu

The information diet is built around science (yeah, even the Reddit portion). While sometimes scary, science is also the most powerful driver of progress. It's also the most helpful, optimistic thing humans have ever come up with.

Books: Wholemeal Grains

Everyone needs a good dietary base. Books are the best place to start. The really important stories in the world are non-stories: slow movements that develop below the radar but have a transforming effect. Books are a much better way to identify these. Here's a start.

  • Steven Pinker — Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
  • Tali Sharot — The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others
  • Krista Tippett — Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and the Art of Living
  • Ben Horowitz — The Hard Thing About Hard Things
  • Cixin Liu — The Remembrance of Earth Trilogy (Three-Body Problem)

Reddit: Beans and Pulses

Reddit is your friend. Seriously. It's the biggest news board on the internet. It has more news, more diversity, and more debate than any news site. Of course, it's also home to extremists, and their attendant crap. So ignore the psychos, and stick to the science.

  • r/Futurology
  • r/Science
  • r/Uplifting News
  • r/Energy

Email Newsletters: Vegetables

Newsletters are different to traditional news or social media, because their readership relies on the quality of curation. Their other advantage is that you can diversify, choosing from a combination of topics. Here are some we like.

  • The Browser
    Incredible breadth of content, including lots of good long form.
  • Recomendo
    Six things every week, from three awesome people, Kevin Kelly, Mark Frauenfelder and Claudia Dawson.
  • McKinley Valentine — The Whippet
    High quality esoterica. She always digs up interesting, unique content.
  • Nieman Journalism Lab
    My go-to source for the state of English-speaking media in the 21st century.
  • Marriage Minute
    Not all the advice is relevant, but when it is, it makes a real difference.

Social Media: Junk Food

Linkedin: the roadside service station cafe on the information highway. Avoid.

Facebook? Like McDonalds , there’s no way of eating it that’s safe.

Twitter is just as toxic. And Instagram: like mainlining heroin.

Keep social minimal. We use our social channels for the Future Crunch community.

So there's our diet. This page is an easy-to-digest version of a Medium post. You can find the rest by clicking on the icon below.

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