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.
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…
Abnormal psychology is the study of unusual patterns of behavior, thoughts, or emotions. While older traditions defined “deviant behavior”, modern abnormal psychology uses concepts such as statistical abnormality and psychometric abnormality to determine whether a pattern is truly abnormal.
Behavioral psychology studies and analyses observable behavior of humans and animal 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…
When you’re under pressure, the quality of your decisions plummets. You miss possible angles, you don’t think ahead, you do what makes sense now, you panic, and so on. Often, you make a snap judgment then grasp for whatever information will support it for the people you work with. You don’t have breathing room to stress-test your decisions.
If you want to make better decisions, you need to do everything you can to reduce the pressure you’re under. You need to let your brain take whatever time it needs to think through the problem at hand. You need to get out of a reactive mode, recognize when you need to pause, and spend more time looking at problems.
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: Never let anyone define the problem for you.
The rule: Never make important decisions when you’re tired, emotional, distracted, or in a rush.
~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…