7 Tips About the Illusion of The Control

People who train speedreading sometimes make great progress, and sometimes work very hard and make little progress. One of the groups of students who are struggling are the control freaks. There are several mistakes control freaks often make: fighting against the training methodology, trying to devise a different and less effective progress path, micromanaging the …

Kill old ideas to get more creative

We need to kill old ideas all the time to make space for creativity. Yet, we need to be careful not to “throw the baby out with the bathwater”. I truly believe that lifelong learning, self-awareness, and moderation can help with this process. In this article, I will try to explain how. We have a …

Rethinking identity

We can and should choose our own story and our identity. Shaping the way we present our identity does not change our most authentic core. It builds upon our deepest strengths and leverages them for our own benefit and so that we can help others. For today’s reading, I suggest some interesting articles here, here, …

Treating traveling as the perfect investment in your future

When we have time and money we love to travel. This serves some deep need in human nature.  Being a scientist, each time that I see a deep need I am looking for a competitive advantage. Why is traveling a good investment, and how can we improve it? For today’s reading, I have chosen some …

8 Reasons to Improve Your Writing While Studying at University

We all had a fair selection of writing classes at school and in the Universities. Most of these classes were very poor. From the writing classes I took in the University, only one was decent and practically useful. Yet, University could be the best place to learn writing skills for some. In this guest article, …

The game of first impressions

We tend to think that most of the decisions people make are based on research, argumentation and careful planning. This is a very nice thought. From time to time people make educated choices. More often though people simply trust their first impression, or try to justify it one way or another. In this article I …

Rhetorics and magic mirror

There are many articles about various cognitive biases and various ways to deal with them. There are even more articles about the manipulators trying to create alternative facts and how we can resist them. I would like to believe that the vast majority of human beings do not aim to manipulate, and are not very …

From neanderthals to creative algorithms

As humans, we pride ourselves with being creative beyond other creatures and beyond what robots can achieve. This might be true now, but is this a permanent quality or a temporary advantage? I think the subject is more complex than we would like to admit, and I will share some of my thoughts. For more …

Happiness and illusion of control

Happiness is the holy grail of many people on the path of self-improvement. It is probably the hardest of all goals and the progress to it is counterintuitive. There are many things that do not make us happy, despite our highest hopes. Maybe it is beneficial to talk about them. For more reading, I refer …

What’s wrong with productivity tips

Every week I see articles with productivity tips. Since there are so many productivity articles, I have to assume they are not working. Where do I find productivity tips? You can find a large collection of productivity tips here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. What is the problem with productivity tips? Being …