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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. […]


Critical Mass and Tipping Points: How To Identify Inflection Points Before They Happen

July 24, 2017

Critical mass, which is sometimes referred to as tipping points, is one of the most effective mental models you can use to understand the world. The concept can explain everything from viral cat videos to why changing habits is so hard.   The Basics Sometimes it can seem as if drastic changes happen at random. […]


All Models Are Wrong

June 21, 2017

How is your journey towards understanding Farnam Street’s latticework of mental models going? Is it proving useful? Changing your view of the world? If the answer is that it’s going well that’s good. There’s just one tiny hitch. All models are wrong. Yep. It’s the truth. However, there is another part to that statement: All […]


How to Make Smart Decisions Without Getting Lucky

June 10, 2017

Few things will change your trajectory in life or business as much as learning to make effective decisions. The decision-making principles in this article aren’t pulled out of thin air. They’re the result of many years of experience and experimentation. They draw upon the combined expertise of some of history’s deepest thinkers. They summarize the […]


Mental Models: Getting the World to Do the Work for You

August 01, 2016

People are working harder and harder to clean up otherwise avoidable messes they created by making poor initial decisions. There are many reasons we’re making poor decisions and failing to learn from them. Under the heading, Sources of Stupidity in an article entitled Smart Decisions we wrote about some of the factors that contribute to […]