The Nirvana fallacy consists in comparing existing solutions with ideal, perfect ones—which are often unrealistic. A form of perfectionism, it can lead to dangerous thinking and harmful decisions. Open at source
“Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien” wrote Voltaire in 1772
Also called the “perfect solution fallacy”, the Nirvana fallacy is based on faulty reasoning, where an argument assumes that a solution should be rejected because some part of the problem still exists after the solution is applied
Solutions that improve safety but do not completely eliminate a risk are often the victim of the Nirvana fallacy.
4 min read · Jul 28th · Eureka moments can lead to creative discoveries, the triumphant completion of a project, or the sudden, clear insight into how to make your business succeed. Let’s have a look at the scientific…
chance of a eureka moment increases after sleeping on a problem.
Eureka moments often occur during times of solitude.
Many researchers have also agreed that a period of incubation is often needed before a eureka moment can occur.
3 min read · Aug 4th · Creativity is everywhere around us — in the random colors of an artist’s painting, the verses of profound poetry, or an inspiring sculpture crafted from muddy clay. However, being creative is not just…
The act of writing down your thoughts will help you reinforce these memories so they are more easily accessible in the future.
asking yourself “what if?” while taking a walk is a great way to practice creative visualization.
Being creative partly comes from our aptitude to envisage the future and our capability to visualize experiences that have not yet arisen.
5 min read · Aug 10th · Most people believe that their personalities, work situations, and values won’t change much in the future, even though they have changed tremendously in the past. This is because of a phenomenon…
people tend to underestimate how much they will change in the future, despite knowing how much they have changed over time
People, it seems, regard the present as a watershed moment at which they have finally become the person they will be for the rest of their lives.
In essence, the end-of-history illusion hinders our ability to shape our future self — which, if you care about personal growth, is a pretty big deal
4 min read · Aug 5th · Surely, a knife is made for cutting things. And you can only use a cotton swab to clean your ears — right? Functional fixedness is a form of cognitive bias which makes us automatically narrow down the…
Karl Duncker first defined functional fixedness in 1945
Without the distraction of unnecessary detail, you are less likely to fall into the restrictive trap of thinking
As we get older, our preconceived ideas of how things should be done become more rigid and harder to challenge.
4 min read · Aug 26th · When something is described as ambiguous, it means that it is confusing, unclear, or open to different interpretations. Entrepreneurs face ambiguous situations all the time; it’s the nature of the…
We need enough time to think and weigh out all options to make the best choice. Without that time, our brains will try to take shortcuts that can lead to less-optimal outcomes.
Our brains skip the hard part of making estimates or guesses about the ambiguous choice and go straight for the more familiar option. In other words, we don’t like to mess around with the unknown, so we avoid it as much as we can.
In a study of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, researchers found that youth with anxiety had a much lower tolerance for ambiguity than the control group.