Science explains why you don’t care about your Future Self (and how to get stuff done anyway)

We’re neurologically wired to opt for a smaller, immediate reward rather than waiting for a bigger reward in the future. But there are strategies to overcome ‘present bias.’ BY BECKY KANE Hal Hershfield, a psychologist at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, wanted to know why people weren’t saving for retirement. Across the board, people are living longer. Logically, they’ll need more money to live comfortably in their post-work years. And yet, savings rates in the US have gone down in recent decades, not up. The average American within 15 years of retirement age saves at only one-third of the … Continue reading Science explains why you don’t care about your Future Self (and how to get stuff done anyway)

The Last Glimpses of California’s Vanishing Hippie Utopias

Half a century ago, a legion of idealists dropped out of society and went back to the land, creating a patchwork of utopian communes across Northern California. Here, the last of those rogue souls offer a glimpse of their otherworldly residences—and the tail end of a grand social experiment. BY DAVID JACOB KRAMER PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL SCHMELLING There was an aphorism in the movement: “Bad roads make good communes.” And the road we’re on today is bad. Several miles inland from California’s foggy coastline, we’re driving down a single lane hemmed in by 50-foot fir trees and then turn onto a rocky dirt … Continue reading The Last Glimpses of California’s Vanishing Hippie Utopias