TouchStone Reads - July 23rd, 2021


We often set aside articles that are longer, deserve a re-read, are broader in scope…or just for fun — for weekend reading. Below are some from this week — pour yourself a hot cup of coffee & enjoy...

  • A Reluctant Optimist (No Mercy No Malice)

  • Three Things I Think I Think – Learning From Bad Inflation Takes The idea that the Fed creates inflation when they implement a policy like QE has been pretty well debunked over the last 10 years. (Pragmatic Capitalism)

  • The magic of incremental change (Behavior Gap)

  • The Mystery of the $113 Million Deli (

  • Startup Claims Breakthrough in Long-Duration Batteries Form Energy’s iron-air batteries could have big ramifications for storing electricity on the power grid (Wall Street Journal)

  • Star Trek’s Warp Drive Leads to New Physics: Researchers are taking a closer look at this science-fiction staple—and bringing the idea a little closer to reality (Scientific American)

  • The persecution of Hervis Rogers There are 60,000 people behind bars in Texas jails. Three out of four have not been convicted of a crime. Instead, they are incarcerated because they cannot afford bail. (Popular Information)

  • Welcome to the Church of Bitcoin (Rolling Stone)

  • Podcast: The Dangers of Woke Culture - With Sam Harris (Prof G )

  • Book Recommendation: The Codebreaker : Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson. Isaacson has written on the three discoveries that have advanced humanity the most and their protagonists: the atom (Einstein), the binary digit or 'bit' (Touring/Jobs and Gates) and now RNA (Doudna). He believes her discovery will be the most profound. As a side bonus this also answers the question of how we got our vaccines so quickly.

What are you reading or listening to?