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A List Of Reasons Why Our Brains Love Lists

The New Yorker
A List Of Reasons Why Our Brains Love Lists

It’s probably the quintessential article of these times of listomania. A reflection on why we love lists, in a list (with a twist, though). If you’ve wondered just how big this list-phenomenon has become, let me tell you this: Buzzfeed, this behemoth of listicles, has more readers than The Guardian and The New York Times – and has now, at least in the USA, even overtaken Wikipedia.

Published in Weekly Filet #140, in August 2014.

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