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Fuck work

Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?

James Livingston

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Economics
Are coders worth it?

In today’s world, web developers have it all: money, perks, freedom, respect. But is there value in what we do?

James Somers

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Meaning and the good life
The meanings of life

Happiness is not the same as a sense of meaning. How do we go about finding a meaningful life, not just a happy one?

Roy F Baumeister

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Work
Stupefied

How organisations enshrine collective stupidity and employees are rewarded for checking their brains at the office door

André Spicer

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Work
The quitting economy

When employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit

Ilana Gershon

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Public health
Medical disrespect

Bullying doctors are not just unpleasant, they are dangerous. Can we change the culture of intimidation in our hospitals?

Ilana Yurkiewicz

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The ancient world
Slaves or wage slaves

Incentives, rewards, bonuses and bonding experiences – Roman slaveowners were the first management theorists

Jerry Toner

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Cultures and languages
See through words

The metaphor designer isn’t trying to make something beautiful. She wants to change your view on things. Here’s how

Michael Erard

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Automation and robotics
The golden age

The 15-hour working week predicted by Keynes may soon be within our grasp – but are we ready for freedom from toil?

John Quiggin

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Work
The future is emotional

Human jobs in the future will be the ones that require emotional labour: currently undervalued and underpaid but invaluable

Livia Gershon

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Meaning and the good life
The quiet alarm

Just like pain, boredom is an aversive and unpleasant experience that we need to have in order to truly live well

Andreas Elpidorou

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Economics
The American cloud

The cosy coastal world of pretend farmers’ markets bears no resemblance to the actual back end of America

Venkatesh Rao

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Ageing and death
Ask the aged

Who better to answer questions about the purpose of life than someone who has been living theirs for a long time?

Karl Pillemer

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Poverty and development
Men at work

The age of austerity has transformed work, but what it means to be a man has not caught up

Allison J Pugh

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Art
Is it OK to make art?

If you express your creativity while other people go hungry, you’re probably not making the world a better place

Rhys Southan

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Food and drink
To tip or not to tip?

Rude in Tokyo, rude not to in New York – tipping mystifies tourists, economists and anthropologists. Should we stop?

Julian Baggini