December 2015

52 Concepts To Add To Your Cognitive Toolkit

By |December 30th, 2015|

Edit: On the basis of the success of this article, we started Conceptually to send you a free concept every week to your inbox (but you can also just read them on the website). It actually explains and applies the concepts (unlike below), and due to the spacing effect, will make it more likely you can […]

March 2015

Taking control of your happiness and productivity

By |March 25th, 2015|

Originally posted on CFAR’s blog.
What’s one thing you can do to improve your physical and mental health, be happier and more successful?

Before I tell you the answer, first try answering these questions (interpretation in the footnotes ). For each question select the statement (a or b) that you agree with the most.

a) Many […]

Keep Your Identity Fluid

By |March 25th, 2015|

Originally posted on CFAR’s blog.

Keep your identity small?
Why do some discussions involving smart and reasonable people generate such emotive responses and so often go nowhere? Why does this happen more often for politics and religion than for discussing, say, preferred sock colours?
In Paul Graham’s essay Keep Your Identity Small, he suggests that these topics are […]

4 Common Prediction Failures and How to Fix Them

By |March 25th, 2015|

Originally posted on CFAR’s blog.

Our predictions fail in predictably bad ways. Picture the last time you were getting ready to leave the house and you were asked how much longer you would take. And when was the last time you actually left by then? You might be better at this than I am, but I […]