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The biggest problem in life isn`t the problem itself, but how people act upon it.

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Understanding tractability bias

People crave progress. But that desire can distort what we work on. Some pursuits are more easily measured than others. This leads to tractability bias - the tendency to focus on goals with more noticeable progress.

Vital pursuits with greater potential often have less tangible progress.

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Beware Tractability Bias | Scott H Young

scotthyoung.com

The Inevitable Wait Time

Any customer-service oriented company knows that managing wait times are crucial for their customer satisfaction and bottom-line. Whether on the phone, at the checkout counter, or in a restaurant, long wait times lead to a subpar customer experience and a drop in sales.

Customers' patience can be psychologically manipulated by selective colour choices (like blue), temperature, or the visuals that surround them during their wait times.

Feelings of Nostalgia Can Make Us More Patient

hbr.org

Creativity
The creative process is the act of making new connections between old ideas or recognizing relationships between concepts.

While being creative isn't easy, nearly all great ideas follow a similar 5 step creative process.

How to Master Creativity and Uncover Your Creative Genius

jamesclear.com

Making Bad Decisions: Being Intentionally Stupid

Our various cognitive biases make us behave irrationally, even though we believe we are acting logically. If we are tired, in a rush, or are distracted we tend to rush towards a bad decision. Other factors include working with an authority figure or in a group.

The rule to follow is to never make important decisions when one is emotionally weak, tired, distracted, or in a hurry.

Avoiding Bad Decisions

fs.blog

Meta-learning

Meta-learning is when you learn about how much you know and don’t know in a particular domain.

Meta-learning is important because it’s easy to delude yourself into believing you know more than you actually do.

The Importance of Knowing What You Know | Scott H Young

scotthyoung.com

Scientists studying the illusion of control phenomenon in many of us state that the exaggerated belief patterns are actually a useful tool for success, as the overconfidence of our actions influencing the outside environment can act as a catalyst.

Being in control does wonders to our self-esteem and the sense of power creates a chain reaction that helps us even if it is just a delusion.

It’s not necessarily deluded to feel in control when you’re not | Psyche Ideas

psyche.co

Decision Matrix Analysis

A decision matrix is a table that helps you to visualize the best option between your different alternatives.

It works by getting you to list your options as rows on a table, and the factors you need consider as columns. You then score each option/factor combination, weight this score by the relative importance of the factor, and add these scores up to give an overall score for each option.

Decision Matrix AnalysisMaking a Decision by Weighing Up Different Factors

mindtools.com

Neuroevolution

Neuroevolution is a form of artificial intelligence. It is a meta-algorithm, an algorithm for designing algorithms. It adopts the principles of biological evolution in order to design smarter algorithms. Eventually, the algorithms get pretty good at their job.

Computers Evolve a New Path Toward Human Intelligence | Quanta Magazine

quantamagazine.org

Tests help us remember better

Tests can have a powerful effect on what a student remembers.

What happens if you get an answer wrong? Common sense says if you practice making errors, you learn to make errors. But common sense also says we learn most from making mistakes.

How tests and wrong answers help us remember what we learn

theconversation.com

Our addiction to bad news

If every year feels like the worst, it's mostly because our brains tend to judge the present more harshly. Indiscriminately watching the news skews our perception and makes us more prone to slip into unhealthy patterns.

Many of us become obsessed with the world's seemingly increasing danger. We can't stop checking narratives of the deadly diseases, police brutality, protests, conspiracy theories, and politics, even if it is halfway around the world.

Why every year-but especially 2020-feels like the worst ever

nationalgeographic.com

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