The Product Is You

This post originally appeared on the “Better Questions” email list. If you’d like to get one email like this a week, please sign up at BetterQuestionsEmail.com. Thanks! —— Hi , Hope you’re having a killer week. How do I subtract? “What’s it going to take to fucking changeIf these habits are ingrained?When everything comes apart graduallyWe ignore what comes to us naturallyIf you don’t know…

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The Logical Thinking Process, Part One: Five Simple Pieces

What if there was a step by step way to solving any problem? A simple, straight-forward path to getting everything you ever wanted? To avoiding pitfalls and obstacles? To maximizing your potential and living your best life? Well…there is. It’s called the Logical Thinking Process. It’s got five simple pieces. Five simple ways to think more effectively and see the world more clearly. Over the…

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Better Angels

This post was originally an email sent to the Better Questions Email List. For more like it, please sign up – it’s free. This post is about the election, but it is NOT about politics. I would really, really appreciate it if you would give this one a read. Grab a coffee, get a quiet place, and give me a bit of your time. Even if you’re sick…

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Rhinoceros

——- Where is it written? ——- I recently came face to face with irrationality. I was attacked online… Called terrible things… Directly threatened. Why? I pointed out an inaccuracy. My crime was naively wandering into the world of online conspiracies, believing I could set things right with “better information.” Here’s the story: A mixed martial arts account I followed on Instagram posted a story about…

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Normalbaum

Is This Legible? You breathe in. Your hand rests on the door handle. Your first day. I can do this, you think. You push the door open and stride into the room. You make your way to your desk, shoulders back, conscious of your posture, your smile, keeping a brisk, “can do” attitude about you. Projecting confidence. You look out. They’re all spread out. Some…

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All Woods Must Fail

O! Wanderers in the shadowed landDespair not! For though dark they stand,All woods there be must end at last,And see the open sun go past:The setting sun, the rising sun,The day’s end, or the day begun.For east or west all woods must fail.J. R. R. Tolkien You wake suddenly into a room you do not recognize. This is not your bed. Not your dresser. Not…

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Monty Hall

——Should I switch, or stay?—– Let’s begin our review all the way back at the beginning, with our very first email about risk… Bad Priors. Everyone comes to situations of risk with pre-existing opinions. We all use our experiences to try and make sense of how the world works. These are our priors. Priors act as a map of the territory of reality; we survey our past experiences, build abstract…

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