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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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Are You A Possibilian?

Neuroscientist David Eagleman has popularized an alternative view regarding religious views, and he’s labeled it ‘possibilianism.’ The goal of possibilianism is to discourage certainty. Eagleman uses the example of space, in which even in a tiny dark patch of that night sky above us can contain many thousands of stars, making it clear that there is so…

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Relinquish Control and Embrace Uncertainty

In every moment of every day, we’re making predictions. Those predictions are mostly unconscious–we expect to see our bed when we walk into the room, we expect to get running water when we turn the tap, we expect our partners voice to sound the same as we remember it. As Benedict Carey writes: “The brain…

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