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    The Toxic Effects of Rewards

    This post is based upon research on the science of rewards and enjoyment. Check out my other posts which make scientific research on the human mind understandable. Imagine I were to ask you to do something you already enjoy. It doesn’t really matter what it is, but let’s say for the moment that you rather […]

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    Science is Not a Faith

    A few days ago, I heard something from a guest on Bill Maher which really made me scratch my head. Bret Stephens stated that “science is not a democracy” and went on to insist that the overwhelming consensus on climate change from scientists is irrelevant. His argument, as best as I can understand it, was […]

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    Traveler’s Mind, Zen Mind

    Have you ever heard someone say “travel is a state of mind?” It’s one of those platitudes that annoys me whenever I’m not on the road. Only someone who has the luxury of travel would ever say it. “No,” I want to scream, “travel is going somewhere different and seeing something new!”   Yet I think […]

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    The 5 Best Books I Read in 2014

    Every year, I strive to read at least 100 books. Most of them either fall into the research category (a synthesis of different studies), or are novels. Here are my top 4 best reads from 2014:   Quiet: the Secret Power of Introverts Susan Cain I’ve long known that I’m something of an introvert, but […]

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    How To Develop Healthy Self-Esteem

    This post is based upon the research science of self esteem. Check out my other posts which make scientific research on the human mind understandable.   In the west, we seem to take for granted that it is important to have high self-esteem, but not all self-esteem is created equal: some of it leads to […]

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    The “Nothing New Under The Sun” Fallacy

    This post is based upon the research of innate “talent”. Check out my other posts which make scientific research on the human mind understandable.   There’s an old biblical proverb about there being “nothing new under the sun.” On one level, it is true: most of what we know of as creativity is actually the […]

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    The Absolute Best Way to Change Behavior

    This post is based upon the research of behavior modification. Check out my other posts which make scientific research on the human mind understandable.   What do Yoda, vegetarians and Alcoholics Anonymous all have in common? They all work in absolutes to create permanent results. It turns out there’s solid science to support this approach. Every […]

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