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Minor theories about persons and things.
Therapy is a strategy for solving a problem, not an end goal in itself.
Where do we go when we are not in the here and now?
The news doesn't tell you what's important, just what sells more news. Part 2 in series on How to Choose What to Read.
Standardized tests can only identify a student's weaknesses, not their strengths.
What do we know about the limits of our own motivation?
Outrage has an upside, but only in certain contexts.
Why our deepest point of connection is also our deepest vulnerability
These titles represent the twists and turns on the way to what we know now.
Some notes on engaging with the present.
These are the best theories on how we think about others.
When is it time to come up with a new category?
Why do we make fewer bad choices as we get older? Hint: It isn't wisdom.
The first in a series on jealously guarding your reading time.
The biggest mistake you can make in choosing how to use your time? Just doing it for the letter.
It's better. But only in certain cases.
Why people keep talking long after you want them to stop.
Instagram has a problem with statistical sampling.
Can the Red Solo Cup help bridge America’s political divide?
A duel between conflicting theories of how to cultivate friendships.
How do we know whether a finding is legitimate or not?
How do we translate between group behavior and individual behavior?
Disagreement isn't about taking sides. It's about probability.
Does interesting research imply an interesting researcher?
Sometimes those who know the most also know the least.
Sometimes conflict brings us together.
What it takes to deliver a good joke.
Why Van Gogh went years without painting before he started to paint.
Sometimes our intuitive response to inequality isn't enough.
A good book, like a mutual fund, should be judged by its return on investment.
The one thing that philosophers agree on: how to be happy.
Cody Kommers, who manages a computational cognitive neuroscience lab at Harvard University, is also a science writer.