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What’s the most efficient way to become an expert? Is it possible to learn something without trying? How do you use the scientific method in everyday life? Can you “nudge” someone to make more optimal choices? In this series, we offer a variety of tools to help you learn and remember information for longer, avoid self-deception, and value data over personal experience. Learn more at think101.org.
||ExplicitEpisode 11: Epistemic Modesty||In the final chapter of “Mindware,” Nisbett assures the reader that we’re smarter than we were before started the book, and that we’ll now recognise mistakes in the wild. Are you, dear listener, less likely to make the errors in thinking that...||19 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Simplicity||If a major goal in science is to “Keep It Simple,” what exactly does “simple” mean in this context? Helpful? Useful? Easy to Understand? Should public money only be spent on research that can be explained to folks down at the local pub? Does...||6 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Logic and Wisdom||Many experiments have demonstrated differences between people who grew up in the Eastern vs Western cultures on a variety of perceptual and cognitive tasks. Is an “object-centric” perspective more useful than a “situation-centric” perspective?..||3 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8: Self-Experiments||What makes a good self-experiment? If our ratings of happiness change depending on whether we're in the moment (the experiencing self) or reflecting on the day (the remembering self), which one should we privilege? Self reports are generally very...||31 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Wiggling Events||There's a relatively new movement in science called the “Open Science Framework” where researchers put all their cards on the table and make predictions before collecting a single data point. Will it change the way that people conduct experiments?..||31 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: Tails - No Facebook Day||How do you decide what you like or don't like? Given what you now know about the fallibility of your decision making systems, are you really an authority on your personal preferences? It turns out that in order to make better judgements and decisions,..||25 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5: Know When to Walk Away||Why do people persist with terrible jobs or relationships, where jumping ship is clearly the better option? Is it even possible to seriously consider a future job or partner that you've never had before? One way to better generalise from toy problems...||15 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4: Decisions, Decisions…||How do you decide what product to buy, apartment to rent, or who to marry? Listing pros and cons, weighing attributes, and collecting evidence are important for optimal decision making. It’s also valuable to consider sunk costs and opportunity...||15 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3: It’s Happening To Me||Do you know why you do what you do… really? From the inside, many behaviours feel like they’re absolutely conscious or unconscious, but which ones, and how do you find out? (Mis)perceiving visual illusions are clearly involuntarily, but what about..||1 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: The Curse of Knowledge||It’s incredibly difficult to put yourself in the shoes of another person. We just can’t ignore the knowledge we have that others don’t. This “curse of knowledge” is common in teaching, argument, political discourse, conflict resolution....||1 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: I Know Kung-Fu||Downloading knowledge directly and instantly into your brain “Matrix-style” would be pretty magnificent, but is it possible? A common assumption in teaching is that the concepts you learn in high school or university will be useful in everyday...||3 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|