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"Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning." - William Arthur Ward

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Problem Solving: An In-Demand Skill

Most job postings nowadays require skill sets related to problem-solving, making it a sought-after ability that job candidates love to put in their resumes. Finding solutions is where the big money is.

Yet we design our lives in a way that is counterintuitive to problem solving.

We are always in production mode, always working, available and doing something. Our mental resources are depleted most of the time, making us ineffective in solving problems.

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The basic laws of human stupidity

In 1976, Italian economist Carlo M Cipolla defined the laws as follows:

  • Everyone always underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.
  • The probability that a specific person is stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person.
  • A stupid person causes losses to another person or group of persons, while he does not gain anything and perhaps incurs losses.
  • Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid people. They repeatedly forget that it is always a costly mistake when you deal with and/or associate with stupid people.
Joint Decisions Psychology

A psychological study on joint decisions has an interesting observation about making asking someone out for dinner or any other plan.

If you are inviting someone, let them decide the place, but if you are asked by someone where you want to go for dinner, always state a clear choice.

Describing critical thinking

Critical thinking is described as a mode of thinking where the thinker improves the quality of their thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it.

Another definition describes critical thinking as a way to examine assumptions, discern hidden values, evaluate evidence, and judge conclusions.

Immersion is more effective and faster for learning a language than sitting in a class.

However, most people make some key mistakes when trying to learn a language while travelling.

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