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Avoiding Bad Decisions. Sometimes success is just about avoiding failure.

Avoiding Bad Decisions

At FS, we help people make better decisions without needing to rely on getting lucky. One aspect of decision-making that’s rarely talked about is how to avoid making bad decisions. Here are five of the biggest reasons we make bad decisions. College English Courses To Replace Study Of Shakespeare With Group Readings Of 'Antiracist Baby' College English Courses To Replace Study Of Shakespeare With Group Readings Of 'Antiracist Baby' Brought to you by: U.S.

College English Courses To Replace Study Of Shakespeare With Group Readings Of 'Antiracist Baby'

—After an aggressive campaign from English teachers across the nation condemning William Shakespeare for "misogyny, racism, homophobia, and classism," one local university has decided to remove Shakespeare from their English literature curriculum. How to overcome overconfidence bias — Quartz at Work. You’re reading a Quartz member-exclusive story, available to all readers for a limited time.

How to overcome overconfidence bias — Quartz at Work

To unlock access to all of Quartz become a member. In the early 2000s, a wave of overconfidence spread through the US housing market and the global financial industry. Home buyers were confident that prices would increase, investors were confident they were making safe bets, and banks were confident that they weren’t overextended. Their errors sparked a global financial crisis and a series of prolonged recessions that scarred the lives of hundreds of millions. Of all the errors in judgment that humanity is prone to, overconfidence may be the most damaging. Overconfidence comes in many forms, but “it is overprecision that I think is the most consistent and pernicious,” says Moore, who is also the author of Perfectly Confident: How to Calibrate Your Decisions Wisely.

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How to Tie Fishing Knots: 3 You Should Know

This means that I have recently taken up drinking beer at the pier and on top of the cliffs overlooking the ocean. I sit and drink and watch the ocean alongside my voiceless companion, Fishing Pole. I enjoy Fishing Pole’s company, primarily because of his complete silence. He communicates only through infrequent gestures, and thus, does not disturb or cloud the comfortable ramble of my thoughts with unnecessary chatter. I also like Fishing Pole because, though he rarely communicates, when he does, it is profound. Well, to be honest, I wouldn’t know. “Fishing” is an interesting verb; some like to joke that the reason they call the act of trying to catch fish, “fishing,” is because it is more accurate than the the verb, “catching.” First, I attacked the problem of not knowing what bait to use, what size hooks to tie on my line, and the effective technique for pier fishing.

To set the scene, I’ll share with you some conversations. Arbitrary questions don’t count as education. How to Teach and Learn Philosophy During the Pandemic: A Collection of 450+ Course Videos Free Online. The term philosophy, as every introductory course first explains, means the love of wisdom.

How to Teach and Learn Philosophy During the Pandemic: A Collection of 450+ Course Videos Free Online

And as the oldest intellectual discipline, philosophy has proven that the love of wisdom can withstand the worst human history can throw at it. Civilizations may rise and fall, but sooner or later we always find ways to get back to philosophizing. The current coronavirus pandemic, the most frightening global event most of us have seen in our lifetimes, doesn't quite look like a civilization-ender, though it has forced many of us to change the way we live and learn. In short, we're doing much more of it online, and a new collection of educational videos free online is keeping philosophy in the mix. Lifestyle: Shorter Work Life. Forensic Statement Analysis ~ Deception Detection » Law Enforcement Learning. Statement Analysis® On-Demand Training. Richard Feynman Creates a Simple Method for Telling Science From Pseudoscience (1966)

Photo by Tamiko Thiel via Wikimedia Commons How can we know whether a claim someone makes is scientific or not?

Richard Feynman Creates a Simple Method for Telling Science From Pseudoscience (1966)

The question is of the utmost consequence, as we are surrounded on all sides by claims that sound credible, that use the language of science—and often do so in attempts to refute scientific consensus. Richard Feynman's "Notebook Technique" Will Help You Learn Any Subject. Richard Feynman knew his stuff.

Richard Feynman's "Notebook Technique" Will Help You Learn Any Subject

Had he not, he probably wouldn't have won the Nobel Prize in Physics, let alone his various other prestigious scientific awards. But his reputation for learning all his life long with a special depth and rigor survives him, and in a sense accounts for his fame — of a degree that ensures his stern yet playful face will gaze out from dorm-room posters for generations to come — even more than does his "real" work. Many students of physics still, understandably, want to be like Feynman, but everyone else, even those of us with no interest in physics whatsoever, could also do well to learn from him: not from what he thought about, but from how he thought about it.

On his Study Hacks Blog, computer science professor Cal Newport explains what he calls "the Feynman notebook technique," whereby "dedicating a notebook to a new learning task" can provide "concrete cues" to help mitigate the difficulty of starting out toward the mastery of a subject. Related Content: Could You Pass This Astronaut Aptitude Test? To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, its three astronauts are being honored in the most Midwestern way imaginable: with life-sized butter sculptures at the Ohio State Fair.

Could You Pass This Astronaut Aptitude Test?

Along with the uncannily lifelike statues of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, there are also sculptures depicting a helmeted Neil Armstrong saluting the American flag next to the lunar module Eagle, a blown-up version of the official Apollo 11 patch, and the calf and cow that are showcased at the fair every year (this year, however, their ear tags read “Apollo”). Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, CNET reports, and also bought an Ohio dairy farm after leaving NASA in 1971. This Is the Best Way to Take Notes, According to Science. Never Struggle to Hang a Picture Frame Again With This Fork Hack.

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Never Struggle to Hang a Picture Frame Again With This Fork Hack

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This Test Will Tell You How Many Books You Can Read in a Year

A company called Out of Print sells T-shirts, socks, tote bags, pins, and other merchandise inspired by more than 100 of your favorite literary titles, from To Kill a Mockingbird to Pride and Prejudice. The New York City-based company has attracted a loyal fan base since it launched in 2010 and has sold its products in Urban Outfitters, Barnes & Noble, Hot Topic, and Torrent stores, as well as being carried at approximately 600 independent bookstores in the U.S. and Canada. (And on Amazon, of course.) Harry Potter tees and socks are reliable best-sellers, as are Out of Print's library-inspired products, like this mug designed to look like a library card. When shopping online, customers can narrow their search field by title or author, and if they don’t see their favorite book represented, they can email the company a suggestion.

How to Use the “5 Hour Rule” to Radically Improve Your Intelligence and Success. A system of constant learning used by Benjamin Franklin, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates. In today’s business world, it seems like every second you’re not working there’s money being poured down the drain. Especially during hectic weeks, most of us just try to keep our heads down, our eyes on the screen, and distractions far, far away. But it turns out that devoting just one hour of purposeful distraction every weekday can actually enable you to be radically more productive and innovative in the long run.

Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong. Julia Rohrer wants to create a radical new culture for social scientists. A personality psychologist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Rohrer is trying to get her peers to publicly, willingly admit it when they are wrong. To do this, she, along with some colleagues, started up something called the Loss of Confidence Project. It’s designed to be an academic safe space for researchers to declare for all to see that they no longer believe in the accuracy of one of their previous findings.

The effort recently yielded a paper that includes six admissions of no confidence. And it’s accepting submissions until January 31. This Military-Tested Diet Is Designed to Prevent Jet Lag. An Easy Way To Double Learning Speed. NASA Project Mercury Intelligence Test. In 1958, the newly formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration (aka NASA) launched a search for the nation’s first spacemen. Of the 508 military candidates the agency considered, only seven would become Mercury astronauts.

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