When Too Much Empathy Blinds Us

Empathy is our ability to think and feel what another person is thinking and feeling. It’s an incredibly important psychological trait that we’ve evolved to experience to help facilitate social interaction, cooperation with one another, solving social conflicts, and creating … Continue reading

The Rational Man’s Guide to Taking Smart Risks

As I mentioned in how to act with uncertainty, every action comes with some amount of risk because we never know for sure how the future is going to work out. In general, the more information you have, the smaller … Continue reading

Wisdom of Ignorance: Knowing What You Don’t Know

There’s an important kind of wisdom in knowing what you don’t know. Too often we fall into the delusion of thinking we know a lot more than we really do, commonly known as “illusory superiority.” This can often make us … Continue reading

The Mastermind Effect: How Placebos Can Boost General Intelligence

The placebo effect is when an individual experiences benefits from a “sham drug” or “sham treatment” that is otherwise not supposed to have any medical benefits. The basic idea is that the mere suggestion that an individual is receiving an … Continue reading