Category: Brain Improvement

Why a Happy Brain Discounts the Future

“I never think of the future—it comes soon enough.” —UNKNOWN Your supervisor calls you one morning and tells you that she is heading up a new initiative. She describes in fine detail what this initiative...

Brain Seductive Patterns

“There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snowstorm.” —RALPH WALDO EMERSON, CONDUCT OF LIFE Who’s Telling Me What? Let’s try a little thought experiment. First, imagine that you are walking through an airport. As you...

Brain Adventures in Certainty

“Doubt is not an agreeable condition, but certainty is an absurd one.” —VOLTAIRE, FROM A LETTER TO FREDERICK II OF PRUSSIA Mind Full of Sharks On October 9, 1997, observers from the Point Reyes Bird Observatory witnessed a killer...

How to hack Your Cognitive Compass

“What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call ‘thought.’” —DAVID HUME, DIALOGUES CONCERNING NATURAL RELIGION “There is always an easy solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong.” —H. L. MENCKEN, THE DIVINE AFFLATUS You enter the office...