Category Archives: Toolkit

GMO Foods and Climate Change

I generally like equal-opportunity ignorance bashing, so this article comparing the far-Left’s rejection of Genetically modified foods with the far-Rights rejection of climate change science caught my eye: I used to think that nothing rivaled the misinformation spewed by climate change … Continue reading

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Thinking Like a Fokkusu

Interesting article about how thinking in a foreign language can help eliminate various cognitive biases: A series of experiments on more than 300 people from the U.S. and Korea found that thinking in a second language reduced deep-seated, misleading biases … Continue reading

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There’s an interesting trend going on right now, and I’m struggling with exactly what to call it. In at least three seperate, widely diverse incidents, there’s been a pattern where: a) A set of documents is leaked from a person … Continue reading

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Lateral Thinking

I went skiing this weekend and saw an incredible innovation on the chair lifts. Instead of “No littering” signs that will inevitably be ignored, two of the chair lifts had these: It’s a pretty brilliant redirection – instead of trying … Continue reading

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Hedgehogs will believe anything

This study (via the Atlantic) is both pretty clever and hilarious : METHODOLOGY: To see if conspiracy views were strong enough to lead to inconsistencies, a team of University of Kent psychologists in the U.K. asked 137 college students if Princess … Continue reading

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Markets for Foxes

I am a huge believer in the power of markets – not in the laissez faire sense, but in the “Wisdom of Crowds” sense. Markets are fantastic predictors of future events, and are pretty much the best way we have … Continue reading

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Words and Leadership

From the start, the Penn State sex abuse sex scandal has been an object lesson in the importance of leadership. Real leadership is about the willingness to confront unpleasant truths and take responsibility for seeing that they are resolved. Quite … Continue reading

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