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10/24/2013 08:15 am ET Updated Dec 24, 2013

10 Ways To Rethink Your Lists

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Lists seem to be more central to our lives than ever before―from our own obsessive to-do lists to the structure of the human genome or Google's cataloging of the World Wide Web. But the urge to collect and classify is hardly new, nor is it always magnanimous. For every Ben Franklin listing his rules of civilized human conduct, there is a Joseph McCarthy listing his enemies of the state.

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