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The Best of Farnam Street 2018

December 30, 2018

We read for the same reasons we have conversations — to enrich our lives. Reading helps us to think, feel, and reflect — not only upon ourselves and others but upon our ideas, and our relationship with the world. Reading deepens our understanding and helps us live consciously. Of the 46 articles we published on FS this […]


Hemingway, a Lost Suitcase, and the Recipe for Stupidity

October 22, 2018

The best intentions are no match for the havoc caused by stress, tiredness, and unusual circumstances. Even though we know these things can negatively impact our decision-making abilities, we override the caution needed to combat them with faith in our rationality. This failure to recognize our natural vulnerabilities affects everyone. In December 1922, it resulted […]


The Disproportional Power of Anecdotes

August 27, 2018

Humans, it seems, have an innate tendency to overgeneralize from small samples. How many times have you been caught in an argument where the only proof offered is anecdotal? Perhaps your co-worker saw this bratty kid make a mess in the grocery store while the parents appeared to do nothing. “They just let that child […]


Double Loop Learning: Download New Skills and Information into Your Brain

June 25, 2018

We’re taught single loop learning from the time we are in grade school, but there’s a better way. Double loop learning is the quickest and most efficient way to learn anything that you want to “stick.” *** So, you’ve done the work necessary to have an opinion, learned the mental models, and considered how you […]


Irrationality, Bad Decisions, and the Truth About Lies: My Conversation with Dan Ariely [The Knowledge Project Ep. #33]

May 26, 2018

Professor of behavioral economics at Duke University Dan Ariely (@danariely) and I discuss the power of habits, rules and rituals, and just how honest people really are. Listen or subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify | Android | Google Play On this episode of the Knowledge Project, I’m joined by the fascinating Dan Ariely. Dan […]


How to Remember What You Read

October 23, 2017

Why is it that some people seem to be able to read a book once and remember every detail of it for life, while others struggle to recall even the title a few days after putting down a book? The answer is simple but not easy. It’s not what they read. It’s how they read. […]