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Going Mental

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Going Mental

How We Underestimate Ourselves

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about 1 year ago

I think people are unbelievably unrealistic about their expectations.  I think they completely under-estimate what they're capable of.  That's where they're being unrealistic.  Tony Robbins says, "most people over-estimate what they can do in a year and under estimate what they can do in a ...

Going Mental

How To Build Persuasion Machines

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about 1 year ago

Intuition pumps are sometimes called thought experiments.  But they’re not really formal arguments typically.  They’re stories.  They’re little fables.  In fact, I think they’re similar to Aesop’s fables in that they’re supposed to have a moral.  They’re supposed to teach us something.  And what ...

Going Mental

It's Good to be a Conference Crasher

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about 1 year ago

Most people follow a basic routine throughout the day and throughout the week.  They get up in the morning.  They have their workplace.  They interact with various people at work, and then of course, have family and friends in the evenings and on weekends.  That's great, but you can actually enrich ...

Going Mental

Why Our Brains Are Hungry for Puzzles

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about 1 year ago

There are general reasons why we like puzzles and then there are particular reasons why we like crossword puzzles, Sudoku and things like that.  The general reason is we’re faced with problems every day in life.  Most of them don’t have perfect solutions.  We just muddle through the best we can and ...

Going Mental

Introducing The Proverbial Skeptic

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about 1 year ago

Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. –George Orwell, Patron Saint of The Proverbial Skeptic Welcome to The Proverbial Skeptic, Big Think’s new blog about sayings, quotes, aphorisms, quips and ...