The Ostrich Effect

First things first: despite any cartoons you might’ve seen, ostriches don’t try to hide from danger by burying their heads in the sand....

Beautiful Minds

Hollywood doesn’t have the best track record portraying mental illness. From the harmless, almost charmingly quirky weirdos of Benny and...

Six Strategies for Avoiding the Truth

Are you lying to yourself every day? Depends: are you a "Bayesian Updater?" Hopefully you are. The term is named after Reverend Thomas...

The Lowdown on Luck

“Good luck!” It’s a common expression in our lexicon. Obviously, on a gut level we have some sense of the importance of luck—that is,...

Measuring the Unmeasureable

"Metric" is a kind of sexed up word for measurement, popular among the corporate crowd. The interesting thing about "metric" is that it...

Your Brain on Bias

Last year, roughly 40,000 people died in automobile crashes on America's highways. This is a tragic number, but it has been much worse in...