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Rapid Learner is now open for registrations

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:48:11 +0000

Rapid Learner, my new course teaching you how to learn anything better and faster, is now open: Click here to check it out. Rapid Learner teaches a 6-week program designed to build effective learning habits from the ground up. Here’s a brief sketch of what we’re going to teach, week-by-week: Project. Week one starts by […]

Want to Learn History? Read Biographies, Not History Books

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:57:32 +0000

History is a powerful subject. Knowing the past allows you to understand the present. Understanding history overcomes the myopia of our limited lifetimes. History shows us alternative points of view and can show that our own perspectives are often parochial and arbitrary. But history is often a hard subject to learn. Few subjects have as […]

The Problem of Happiness

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 21:03:27 +0000

Imagine for second that you want to go purchase a car. You’ve decided the brand and model you want, and how much you’re prepared to spend. Then you walk into the dealership and leave… with a bicycle. That story feels absurd because people don’t go out seeking cars and accidentally getting bicycles. However, that is […]

Flow Doesn’t Lead to Mastery

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:32:46 +0000

The concept of flow, first introduced by psychologist Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, is the enjoyable feeling that happens when you are totally immersed in an activity. You stop feeling self conscious, with your attention being completely absorbed by the task at hand. Chances are you’ve felt flow many times before. Maybe during a game, sports or even […]

How the Brain Changes with Expertise

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:34:34 +0000

How does the brain rewire itself as you learn things? Recently, I came across some interesting research that used fMRI to visualize how the brain changes as you learn something new. The first interesting tidbit is that brain activation goes down as you learn. The better a subject got at a skill, the less of […]

How Einstein Learned Physics

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:33:47 +0000

I recently finished Walter Isaacson’s biography of Albert Einstein. The biography covers not just Einstein’s intellectual achievements, but also his anti-war activism, marital difficulties and celebrity. However, I wanted to share just the one part I found most interesting: how did Einstein learn? Wanting to understand how Einstein learned physics may, at first, seem as […]

Some Useful Distinctions When Thinking About Your Career

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:50:08 +0000

I recently had a call with someone trying to start a blogging business. They asked me a lot of insightful questions, as I walked through my own history in the career and what I thought about it. As a follow-up, I was interested in knowing what kinds of conclusions this person had drawn from our […]

Book Review: The Wisdom of Insecurity

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:16:53 +0000

A few friends recommended I read this book, because of my budding interest in Buddhism and Eastern religions. Alan Watts was one of the big popularizers of Zen and other Asian spiritual philosophies in the 50s and 60s, and I greatly enjoyed his television program. I’ve become interested in these sorts of ideas because, for […]

Simplicity Beats Nuance: Why the Wrong Answer Can Often Beat the Correct One

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:02:22 +0000

Nobody wants to be told their views are oversimplified. So, when thinking about issues, we tend to try to include as many factors as possible. The more nuanced our views become, the less likely they can be attacked for missing something important. But are more nuanced ways of thinking about a problem actually more useful? […]