Behavior

How to be your best person

Cognitive Biases

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.

Imposter syndrome

It’s not about you

Careful there, your solipsism is showing by Living Graciously

Mental Health

Mourning

Learning and Making Mistakes

How to learn from your mistakes by Scott Berkun

Learning from mistakes requires three things:

  1. Putting yourself in situations where you can make interesting mistakes
  2. Having the self-confidence to admit to them
  3. Being courageous about making changes

Errors vs Bugs and the End of Stupidity

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.

Kids who spot bullshit, and the adults who get upset about it

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.

The rest of the iceberg

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.

Relationships and sex and all that

Relaxation and its necessity

Rewards, motivation, and habit building

Tools