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The Bias Within The Bias

Too often, readers finish popular books on decision making with the false conviction that they will decide better. 

The Sartre Fallacy Part II: Is It Inevitable?

If we know that we are bad at predicting and can account for the underlying psychology then why do we continue to make bad predictions?

Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes (A Review)

A centerpiece of Mastermind is that the brain operates using two contrasting systems, which Konnikova terms System Holmes and System Watson.

The Role of Origins, Essence and Specialness in Art

We pay special attention to the history of an object – where it has been, who created it, what touched it – because object’s history is what really matters when it comes to its value.

Art and Sacredness: A Hostile Relationship

If art is designed to provoke the passions, it does not confine itself to the pleasant ones.

Why Opposites Attract in Fiction But Not Reality

Decades of research suggest that we are not only initially attracted to likeminded people but that familiarity is essential for healthy marriage. 

Why We're Suckers for Sorrow

Some research proposes that sorrow in fiction might be a form of psychological relief. A more fruitful explanation is that important virtues, values and morals that elicit uplifting emotions accompany sad moments in fiction. 

Human Nature in the Lab and on the Page

Cognitive science exists in a golden era. The amount of resources pouring into research that examines human nature is unmatched by any other time in history.

What Radiohead Teaches Us About Musical Innovation

It’s obvious why we are motivated to eat, drink and reproduce; the origins of our desire to push musical boundaries, on the other hand, are less clear. 

Being Rational About Irrationality

The human brain tends to jump to conclusions based on limited information.

Where Does Passion Come From?

What separates the greatest achievers from the rest of us? 

What Motivates Creativity?

The ultimate goal of any education system should be to give people the opportunity to find and bring to life that which motivates them intrinsically. 

Is Too Much Familiarity Bad For Creativity?

“Too much experience…may restrict creativity because you know so well how things should be done that you are unable to escape to come up with new ideas.”

What Improv Teaches Us About Creativity

Improv isn’t about wisecracks and one-liners. It’s about creating a structure where characters and narratives are quickly created, developed, sometimes forgotten and other times resolved. 

Killing Creativity: Why Kids Draw Pictures of Monsters & Adults Don't

study conducted between 1959 and 1964 involving 350 children found that around 4th grade our tendency to daydream and wonder declines sharply. In other words, Picasso was right: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”