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Something that all children know and that new research now confirms: doodling is useful. It provides just enough cognitive stimulation during an otherwise boring task to prevent the mind from totally tuning out. Read more from the BBC and NPR.

John Michael Greer, author of the “The Long Descent”, has come up with a tidy credo for the post-industrial future: “Learn one thing, give up one thing, save one thing.”

“Learn one thing” means learn any skill or craft to a sufficiently professional level so that you can subsequently barter it off for other essential goods when times get tough. This could be baking, soap-making, organic gardening etc.