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After reading Good Thinking, you will be wiser in two ways: You will know how the best thinkers decide, argue, solve problems, and tell right from wrong. But you will also know why, when we don't meet these standards, it's not always a bad thing.
TV and radio talk shows about psychology only deal with the clinical, or "healing," side. In her enormously intriguing book, Dr. Denise Cummins introduces us to the other side of the science of psychology - the study of the healthy mind and its powers.
The most comprehensive interdisciplinary selection of seminal papers in the foundations of cognitive science, from leading figures in artificial intelligence, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.
In The Evolution of Mind, outstanding figures on the cutting edge of evolutionary psychology follow clues provided by current neuroscientific evidence to illuminate many puzzling questions of human cognitive evolution.
Seven Powerful Ideas That Changed the World
1. Thinking can be automated, so we can build machines that think.
2. All problem solving involves searching for means to reduce the differences between your current situation and your goal situation, and insight is just implicit search.
3. Some thoughts entail others, some don’t, and there are rules for determining which ones do and don't.
4. To find out what’s true, you should try to find out what’s false instead.
5. To decide what causes what, you need to think of alternatives.
6. You can’t always get what you want, but you can figure out what is most likely to get you what you want.
7. The game changes when you aren’t the only one playing.
What Ayn Rand Got Wrong About Human Nature
Rand believed in self-interest and demonized altruism. Here's what she failed to understand about the way evolution shaped human nature. Read more
More Things Ayn Rand Got Wrong
Modern scientific studies show that humans are not born as blank slates, that altruism does not lead inexorably to self-destruction, and that socialist policies do not doom a county and its economy. Read more
This is What Happens When You Take Ayn Rand Seriously
Ayn Rand’s popularity among the young continues to grow, yet every attempt to implement her philosophy in business and government has failed miserably. Read More
How to Get People to Change Their Minds
Researchers turn to social media to discover the science of persuasion. Read more
Would You Trade In Your Spouse for a Younger Model?
An old Twilight Zone episode ives viewers a glimpse into true, selfless, ever-lasting love that stands the test of time. Read more
Why Millennials Don't Want to be Called Feminists
A majority of women millennials back Sanders rather than Clinton, and that is an indictment of modern feminism. Read more
When Teamwork Backfires
When men and women work together on the same team, men get credit for the work. Here is how to get the credit you deserve. Read more
Do You Want Fairness or Equality?
A Yale Psychologist argues that we don't want equality, we want fairness. Here is why that dichotomy is misleading. Read more
Hear my interview about this topic on the Matt Townsend show: Click here.
Psychological Science Does Not Have a Replication Problem.
Other sciences suffer replication failures, yet psychological science is frequently single out for censure. That is because the idea of scientifically studying the mind is met with skepticism and resistance. Read more
Is Psychological Science Bad Science?
Researchers tried--and failed--to replicate over half of 100 psychology studies published in 2008. Here's why that doesn't matter. Read more.
Why You Can't Remember What You Did When You Were Drunk.
Most people think alcoholic blackout means passing out. It doesn't. It means talking, walking, laughing, interacting...and not remembering a thing about it. Read more.
A Startling New Update on Addiction.
New research shows it's not about seeking pleasure but avoiding cravings. Read More.
The Truth About Children of Working Mothers.
Media reports tell you only part of the story. Here is what you need to know. Read More.
Was United Airlines Justified in Removing an Autistic Child from a Plane?
Rationality requires that we distinguish between the way the world should be and the way it is. Read more.
Why Women Put Themselves Down
The answer isn't low self-esteem. It is something more subtle, strategic, and ... powerful. Read more.
Why Some People are More Resilient Than Others
A recent study discovered two factors that characterize resilient people. Read more.
The Girl Who Wanted to be Spock
As a teen, I was infatuated with Captain Kirk, but I wanted to be Spock. Which is why I am a cognitive scientist today. Thank, Leonard Nimoy, for bringing this beloved character to life. Read more.
The Appeal of Fifty Shades of Grey.
The phenomenal success of Fifty Shades of Grey offers a glimpse into the dark side of the female psyche. Read more.
The Truth About False Memories.
We've been misled about the ease with which false memories can be implanted. Read more.
Why We Find it Hard To Make Friends After 30
Every seven years we lose about half of our close network of friends and replace them with others. Here's how it's done. Read more.
Why We Care That Brian Williams Lied
Those who cover the news wield enormous power to shape policy and history. Read more.
How to Be a High Performer (Not a Workaholic) in 2015
Workaholics think the way to succeed is working longer and harder than everyone else. Top performers know otherwise. Read more.
What Keeps Women Out of the Ivy League
The bottom line is that summing SAT Math and Verbal scores together hampers predicting accurately success in college and beyond. But it does ensure that slightly more males will be accepted into elite schools than females. Read more
Think Libraries Aren't Important? Think Again.
91% of American believe public libraries are crucial to their communities even in the 21st century digital age. Here's why. Read More
The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence
People who have high emotional intelligence can use it to unfair advantage. Here is what you need to know. Read more.
The Problem With Being Gifted
An "unstoppable urge to create" can make it difficult for gifted adults and children to play by the rules. So even the gifted need these three things to succeed. Read more...
How to Work Smarter: Three Keys for Career Success
Unfairness in the workplace is common. But brooding won't help you. Instead, follow these three steps to empower yourself and climb the corporate ladder. Read more.
How to Learn Faster
To improve your leadership skills and earning power, improve the way you learn and communicate using these four simple principles. Read More.
Yale Law Professors Say These are the Three Keys to Success
Yale law professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld make extraordinary claims about the secrets that drive success—extraordinary because they seem to contradict each other and fly in the face of common American wisdom. Read More.
The Myth and Reality of Free Will: The Case of Addiction
There are clues that the person is at risk of losing his autonomy, his free will, and even his very life, to the power of addiction. Read More
Why Recent College Graduates Can't Find Jobs
While students complain about the difficulty in finding jobs, employers equally complain about finding qualified applicants. The reason is that what students believe employers want and what employers actually want turn out to be two very different things. Read more
Do You Feel Like an Imposter?
Sometimes we don't receive acknowledgement because we secretly believe we don't deserve it. We fear that everyone is competent and sure of themselves at work-except us. Read more.
Should You Give Your Kids an Allowance?
Giving your child an allowance can lead to surprising results. So can not giving one. Read more.
How Math Quants Rule the World: High Frequency Trading and You
Everyone was affected by the 2008 economic meltdown, and that taught us that we cannot afford to ignore what is happening in the stock market. Here is what you need to know now. Read More
Why Having Too Little Leads to Bad Decisions
Are you short of cash because you made bad decisions, or is it the other way around? New research shows that scarcity of time, food, opportunity, or even friendship, can lead to poor decision-making. Read More
How to Solve Problems Like an Expert
Why do experts succeed at solving problems more often than non-experts? Because experts take the time to fully understand the problem. Read More
How to Boost Your Willpower
Willpower is the strongest predictor of lifetime success, health, and wealth. This article describes six practical steps for strengthening willpower--and the most common factors that deplete it. Read More
Are You Big Enough to Apologize?
Apologizing doesn’t mean admitting inferiority, unworthiness, or weakness. It doesn’t mean groveling or debasing yourself. It means communicating a simple message that affirms your humanity and that of the injured party: “I see and I care." Read More
Are Twentysomethings Really Making Mistakes?
Many twentysomethings who seem to be dragging their feet when it comes to embracing full adulthood are in fact impaled on the horns of a dilemma. Read More
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