“To take, or not to take”: Where Superstition Trumps Logic?
Why would a rational being not take a stone from an island full of stones?
What Is Trust?
In my university admissions examination in 2009, I was asked whether I thought trust was the foundation of human society. My answer was yes, and my reasoning was that it is a necessary – though not sufficient – condition for relationships and economic transactions. Looking back, I realise that my answer was fundamentally flawed. I…
Arthur Benjamin: Teach statistics before calculus (TED)
Very few people actually use calculus in a conscious, meaningful way in their day-to-day lives. I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Benjamin on this. Statistics has become an extremely important life skill in today’s data-driven world.
Labels: Useful Heuristics or Dangerous Stereotypes?
They say love blinds and power corrupts. Well, I’m starting to think morality is pretty good at both. When I was depressed in early 2013, I began attending weekly CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) sessions in the hope that it would make me better. During one of these sessions, the therapist (counsellor? psychiatrist? I never quite…
Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career (TEDx)
One of, if not the most, memorable TED talks I’ve ever watched (4 times as of 26/12/14):
PART I The Monk One fine December day, about two weeks ago, my mom and I went to a temple near our house to give ‘Sang-kha-tarn’ (as we say in Thailand) to the monks. The day marked a one year anniversary of my late grandmother’s passing, and giving ‘Sang-kha-tarn’ (essentially a package of household goods –…
And It’s THAT Time of Year, Again – On New Year Resolutions and Checklists
PART I That was a rather clunky title, wasn’t it? I quite like it. Maybe I’ll change it on my eleventh read – I tend to do that, change stuff. Usually it’s a word that isn’t quite right – most times I change the offending word back after a few reads. Sometimes I add more…
Why We’ve Had Enough of Stuff (RSA Replay)
Memories live longer than dreams. If you happen to have an hour, this would be worth watching. If you /don’t/ have an hour, bookmark this for a later date. Just in time for the Christmas frenzy: For more from the RSA, do visit their YouTube and/or site.
Kahneman on the Riddle of Experience v.s. Memory (TED)
20 minutes that will shift your paradigm.