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    The “Nothing New Under The Sun” Fallacy

    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 rehashing of old ideas. Writer Stephen King likens the creative process to “uncovering” the story like an archeological expedition, a sentiment which supports the “nothing […]

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    The Absolute Best Way to Change Behavior

    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 day many people try to change a bad habit and most of these efforts fail. This trying is well-intentioned, but doomed. In the words of Yoda: […]

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    There is No “Good” Without Guilt

    Have you ever heard someone say something like “live without regrets?” It sounds like a pleasant platitude at first, but stop to think about it for a moment. It’s one thing to not live life to the fullest because you are afraid, but this is something wholly different. To live without regrets, you must have either […]

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    7 Ways Companies Exploit Psychology

    Companies are always looking for an edge: to acquire more customers, or get more money out of the existing customers. The use of certain techniques is not necessarily nefarious, but smart consumers should still be aware of the ways companies might try to use psychological research to exploit them. Simply being aware of these tricks […]

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    How Doing Well in School can Ruin Your Career

    When I was in high school, someone once told me that “the A students work for the B students; the B students work at the C students’ companies, and the D students are the janitors.” What the person was trying to say was that the meticulous engineers worked for the more social MBAs, who worked for […]

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    Mindhacks to Increase Happiness using Science

    Much of the latest psychological research is yielding surprising, even counter-intuitive insights into how the mind works (which is why we have wonderful books like Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational). A common thread underlying much of this research is that the mind can be easily “tricked.” This has led to new fields, like neuromarketing, but also a variety […]

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    Scarcity and Deadlines: The Secret of Productivity?

    A “deadline” is a scary word. It comes from an imaginary line in the ground in civil war prisons, the crossing of which would lead to death. Sometimes the dead line was not even marked; it was just an arbitrary point at which the guards would fire and kill a presumed prison-breaking inmate. Today, deadlines […]

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    Crappy Apps and Get Rich Quick Schemes

    Sturgeon’s Law says that “90% of everything is crap.” When I first read this, it seemed immensely depressing. I couldn’t help but feel that it was somehow an attack on my work. All craftsmen, from authors to computer programmers, know the feeling of having created something that is not quite good enough. We have a […]

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    What It’s Like to Live In China

    Whenever I’m asked “what was your favorite country you lived in?” I feel like I’m being asked to choose between children. Each nation where I’ve been a resident has it’s own distinct flavor. This post is part of a series about what it’s like to live abroad, where I profile each country one at a time and […]

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