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The Most Important Mental Models: Getting Started

Human beings are learning machines. Life's primary learning, as well as most progress in science, continues to rely on a fundamental problem solving tool: Trial and Error, the basis of the Scientific Method.

Feb 6, 2018

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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One of the Best Videos on Persuasion


This is easily one of the best explainer videos ever made on the subject of persuasion (released June, 2017). I watched it 3 times back-to-back, start to end—and I can't remember the last time I did that for something that’s over 20 minutes.

Sep 11, 2017

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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The 3 Smartest Characters in Game of Thrones


If intelligence has many forms, Game of Thrones has many intelligent players. Game of Thrones is a fantasy-drama television series on HBO. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, the first of which is A Game of Thrones.

Aug 23, 2017

Topics: Emotional Intelligence- Smarter Thinking

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Principles for Smarter Thinking (Part 1)


This article is part of the Smarter Thinking Series, which includes a range of mental models and tools to improve general decision making, business acumen, and critical thinking. 

Aug 7, 2017

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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Smarter Thinking: The Socratic Method

Just as the scientific method is one of the most prominent tools associated with science, the Socratic method is one of the foremost tools associated with critical thinking. This article is part of the Smarter Thinking Series, which includes a range of mental models and tools to improve general decision making, business acumen, and critical thinking.

Jun 26, 2017

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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The Perils of Complexity & Cognitive Bias

"There is no polite way to put it: we are not as smart as we think we are. We are irrational, illogical, innumerate, unreasonable and overreactive... our two biggest problems — the most prominent (and interesting) of our cognitive frailties — are oversimplification and overconfidence." — Ted Cadsby, Closing the Mind Gap

Jun 15, 2017

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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10 Free Tools to Make Yourself Smarter


Being "smart" isn't all about your IQ score. Even those with high IQs and elite educations, such as Harvard medical students, can fail miserably at tests that focus on rationality rather than intelligence.

Jun 6, 2017

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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When Positive Thinking is Dumb. When It’s Smart.


“The first principle [of science] is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.”     — Richard Feynman, Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist

Feb 20, 2017

Topics: Leadership- Smarter Thinking

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