Some of the concepts you'll need to explain your world
It's a lot to take in, and apply all at once. Learning over a longer period of time increases your ability to recall and use it (called the spacing effect).
Why do we spend so much on wedding rings, do springbok's jump in the air, and is college so expensive?
When should you try something new, or stick with what you already know and like?
How to think about the value of anything extra.
How should we use our 2 systems of thought: gut-feeling, and rational thought?
Why is it so damn hard to find the perfect park or partner?
How do we make decisions under uncertainty? Take a shortcut!
How do we change the world? Shift the Overton window.
Oh boy do we not like receiving conflicting information. Why, and how do we resolve it? Cognitive Dissonance Theory.
What would happen if...
How long will your project take? How much will it cost? Increase your accuracy with reference class forecasting.
Playing with chances and values...
How does our intuition process large numbers? It doesn't.
Coordination problems are at the root of some of the largest problems we have in society, like climate change.
How much more valuable is it today vs tomorrow?
6 principles to explain how marketing and sales tactics work.
What's the use in trade and specialisation and how should you choose a career?
Week 17 of Conceptually: Learn a new cognitive tool every week - concepts from psychology, philosophy, economics and other disciplines delivered straight to your inbox.
How to deal with conflicting information of different strengths and get the right answer on your statistics test.
Who gets what share of the pie and what's the best negotiation strategy?
Was it right to buy that lottery ticket? Well, it depends on whether you're talking ex ante or ex post.
We're all wrong in our unique way, but we're also all wrong in the same ways. Isn't that cute?
How do you win an argument? Debate against a strawman. How do you get to the truth? Steelwoman.
A concept for thinking about what the meaningful information you're trying to detect is.
Cut through the crap with a tool from your mate, Occam.
Moral hazard, adverse selection, information asymmetry causing problems left, right and center.
Franky Bacon the Science God, armchair reasoning, and a rationalist-empiricist rumble.