How to be your best person
- A real Good Samaritan – the story of a train conductor who changed a life
- We May Be Born With an Urge to Help
- On being generous – by Dylan Wilbanks on The Pastry Box.
- Barack Obama talks about courage
Per Wikipedia, cognitive biases are tendencies to think in certain ways that can lead to systemic deviations from a standard of rationality or good judgement.
- I suck, and so do you! by Karen McGrane
It’s not about you
Careful there, your solipsism is showing by Living Graciously
- Breaking Point – on being kind, by Christina Wodke.
- Always go to the funeral – discusses the place that funerals play in our lives, and how going to funerals is just one part of doing things we don’t always want to do because they’re good for someone else.
- We say stupid things in the freakout tree by Ferrett Steinmetz
Learning and Making Mistakes
How to learn from your mistakes by Scott Berkun
Learning from mistakes requires three things:
- Putting yourself in situations where you can make interesting mistakes
- Having the self-confidence to admit to them
- Being courageous about making changes
You can’t really describe the accuracy of a buggy program by the percent of questions it gets right; if you ask it to do something different, it could suddenly go from 99% right to 0% right. You can only define its behavior by isolating what the bug does.
Your comfort zone is overrated by Faruk Ateş on The Pastry Box
In the past, a younger me no doubt would’ve reacted with angry defensiveness to some of these experiences. Nowadays, I am armed with the above two rules, so I let myself be uncomfortable about my mistake. I then asked for an alternative that wasn’t ableist. I accepted it and thanked my critic for keeping me sharp.
People wring their hands over how to make science relevant and accessible, but newspapers hand us one answer on a plate every week, with the barrage of claims on what’s good for you or bad for you: it’s evidence based medicine. If every school taught the basics – randomised trials, blinding, cohort studies, and why systematic reviews are better than cherrypicking your evidence – it would help everyone navigate the world, and learn some of the most important ideas in the whole of science.
I once attended a workshop where culture was defined as the “collective programming of the mind” that distinguishes one group of people from another.
This article also includes what the author calls the Cultural Iceberg – the tip of the iceberg being the outward trappings of our cultures, and everything below the water being the true bits of culture that occur.
A work in progress by Georgy Cohen on The Pastry Box
Mount Stupid – by Zach Weiner on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
Paradox of choice
The Paradox of Choice is the concept that the more choices you give someone, the harder it is for them to overcome anxiety to make a decision. It was introduced by Barry Schwartz in the book The Paradox of Choice – Why More is Less.
- Does Choice Make Us Selfish? by Ryan Sager
Relationships and sex and all that
- Roast Chicken for Two, a Recipe. Step 1: Preheat your oven. Step 2: Wash chicken. Step 3: Have sex with your partner.
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (comic): Mommy, what is sex? Covers the impact of fun on risk analysis.
- To fall in love with anyone, do this, by Mandy Len Catron at The New York Times. Both discusses brain chemistry and how we ultimately control who we fall in love with.
Relaxation and its necessity
- Choosing Nothing: Be Kind, Please Unwind by Sameera Kapila on The Pastry Box
Rewards, motivation, and habit building
- Your brain loves rewards – whether you like it or not by Nor Eyal
- Cognitive Psychology for UX: Limited Attention Span by Spencer Lanoue