4 min read · From 2018 · While there are millions of mental models, I find these the most useful in solving difficult problems. These general thinking tools should be taught in every school.
He opened up a world of mental models, which is just a fancy schmancy word that means thinking tools that you can use to solve problems.
Thought experiments can be defined as “devices of the imagination used to investigate the nature of things.”
Second-order thinking is thinking farther ahead and thinking holistically. It requires us to not only consider our actions and their immediate consequences, but the subsequent effects of those actions as well. Failing to consider the second and third order effects can unleash disaster.
~17 min read · Feb 5th · Psychology and neuroscience are such rapidly growing fields of research, it’s easy to get confused. If you’ve sometimes been scratching your head trying to figure out who does what, this guide is for…
contrast, the goal of clinical psychology is to reduce the distress and improve the psychological well-being of patients
Community psychology studies the psychological impact of an individual’s context within a community and a wider society.
Instead of focusing on one species, comparative psychology is the study of behaviors across species.
3 min read · 2020-05-26 · The next time you need to think critically about something—whether you’re considering a new idea, weighing the pros and cons of a potential decision, or evaluating whether you can trust a particular…
6 min read · Mar 1st · You can’t force yourself to think faster. If you try, you’re likely to end up making much worse decisions. Here’s how to improve the actual quality of your decisions instead of chasing hacks to speed…
If you’re a knowledge worker, you can’t pick up the pace of mental discriminations just because you’re under pressure. Chances are good that you’re already going as fast as you can. Because guess what? You can’t voluntarily slow down your thinking, either.
Staying late might work once in a while. Again, though, its effects are limited. If we keep doing it night after night, we run out of energy, our personal lives suffer, and we make worse decisions as a result.
Would you rather install an update that fixes bugs and improves existing processes, or one that just makes everything run faster? Obviously, you’d prefer the former. The latter would just lead to more crashes. The same is true for updating your mental operating system.
3 min read · Mar 8th · Avoiding bad decisions is just as important as making good ones. Knowing the warning signs and having a set of rules for your decision-making process limits the amount of luck you need to get good…
The rule: Seek out information from someone as close to the source as possible, because they’ve earned their knowledge and have an understanding that you don’t.
But to truly learn from our experiences, we must reflect on our reactions. Reflection has to be part of your process, not something you might do if you have time
They don’t have twenty years of experience—they have one year of experience repeated twenty times. If you can’t learn, you can’t get better.
~16 min read · Jan 7th · The long read: The phrase ‘adult beginner’ can sound patronising. It implies you are learning something you should have mastered as a child. But learning is not just for the young
~15 min read · 2019-12-07 · December 2019 The most damaging thing you learned in school wasn't something you learned in any specific class. It was learning to get good grades.When I was in college, a particularly earnest…
2 min read · 2020-07-06 · I developed one skill better than any after: running a business for 10 years circling the globe for 10 years engaging in serious mental science for 10 years I am rarely fooled because I largely see…
5 min read · 2020-07-20 · In the search for happiness, we often confuse how something looks with how it’s likely to make us feel. This is especially true when it comes to our homes. If we want to maximize happiness, we need to…