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Is Overconfidence Tearing the World Apart?

Is it good to think you’re better than you are? By most accounts, confidence is a positive characteristic. It convinces people to trust you, motivates you towards big goals, and is for the most part a more positive experience than doubt or uncertainty. Low confidence suggests a lack of belief in oneself. It will likely…

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What Can We Share on a Mind-Melding Social Network?

We’re still in the early days of brain science. The most complex thing in the universe still constantly surprises and confuses us. But, that won’t stop us from connecting them. I know that because we already have. While the signals being sent back and forth are rudimentary words such as “hola,” we all know how…

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How to Learn Like Elon Musk

Elon Musk inspires a lot of people, and it’s not always for how rich he is. Actually, sometimes it’s because of the diverse and wide-ranging knowledge base he’s been able to acquire. He runs two separate billion dollar companies, Tesla and SpaceX. While they’re both devoted to travel, one revolves around electric cars while the other on…

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Chunking: Is This The Secret to Our Powerful Minds?

I’d like to put your mind to the test. Try adding 1 to each of these numbers individually: 4826. It’s not too difficult. The result is 5937. Now, when we get to 9, adding 1 makes it 0. So the next number will become 6048. Your challenge is to continue adding 1 to this series of numbers,…

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Are You As Smart As You Think You Are?

Research suggests that being an expert can encourage people to be less creative and more stubborn. The study comes from Loyola University of Chicago, in which participants were made to feel knowledgable in a subject through being asked easy questions, before being assessed for their openness. The researchers called the resulting closed-mindedness earned dogmatism. “When individuals perceive…

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Why Your Learning Goals Should Be Fuzzy

“In knowledge work we need our goals to be fuzzy.”—Gamestorming In a time where tech and science are driving change, our goals need to become adaptable. We can no longer set our sights on something strict, when so much of life can change in the blink of an eye. Information permeates through our lives in…

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How To Plug Your Information Gap With Curiosity

Curiosity, according to Ian Leslie, is said to come about by our awareness of an information gap. An information gap is that uncomfortable feeling that you don’t know something you think you should. You recognize the known unknown, a hole in your pool of knowledge. “The more we know, the better we are at thinking.”—Curious When an information…

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Is There Creativity In Ignorance?

Natalie Portman recently gave a commencement speech at Harvard. She made an interesting point about inexperience and originality: “Fear protects us in many ways, but what has served me is diving into my own obliviousness. Being more confident than I should be … trying things that you never would have tried. Your inexperience is an…

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