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The difference (or why utilitarians have a harder time)

(featured image via the author) What difference does our ethics framework make to anything, and what difference can we ourselves make to anything? It was already past dinner time on this warm late spring day, but my friend and I … Continue reading

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Categorically wrong

(featured image: Thomas Quine/Flickr CC BY 2.0) There is one heuristic we use a lot. We also misuse it quite a bit. (Warning: this piece contains references to activities which may temporarily not be available in your area.) Bedtime was … Continue reading

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Unbound your rationality (for better decisions)

(featured image: Mussi Katz/Flickr CC BY) The bounds to our rationality are sometimes within our control and even self-imposed – an easy opportunity to improve our decisions? How irrational are we really? Book titles like Predictably Irrational and The Upside … Continue reading

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Consonance is boring, dissonance is hard

(featured image: KylaBorg/Flickr CC BY) Is there a way to manage cognitive dissonance that doesn’t involve changing what we do or believe, or fooling ourselves? In music, two or more tones played together can sound pleasant, or unpleasant. The former … Continue reading

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The ethics of making it real

(featured image: raj/Flickr CC BY) Drills and exercises can help prepare people and organizations for the unexpected, but the choices of how to do so may involve tough trade-offs with ethical concerns I once had the misfortune of experiencing two … Continue reading

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The dark side of motivation

(featured image: Jesper Sehested – PlusLexia/Flickr CC BY) Motivation is what allows us to survive, prosper and reproduce – but it is also behind the worst of polarization and tribalism. We should use it with care, and engage critical thinking … Continue reading

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Rules and responsibility

Rules of all kinds help us make good decisions all day long, but how does that affect our responsibility for these decisions? Decision-making is effortful. Even if we have only two options to choose from, they often both have numerous … Continue reading

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Choosing trust, trusting our choices

(featured image credit: Savvas Stavrinos) When we elect political leaders, what we really need is to be able to trust them. But how good are we at assessing their trustworthiness? The 2020 US presidential elections will probably be remembered for … Continue reading

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Where’s your tipping point?

(Featured image: UlyssesThirtyOne CC BY 2.0) Almost all decisions we face have a tipping point – the point where we would change our mind. Good decision-making means working out where it is. This is a time of tough decisions. Many … Continue reading

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I don’t care what you think

(featured image: Johnny Worthington CC BY) How we think matters more than what we think and who we are From the moment we’re born, to understand the world, we rely on the judgement of others. Our parents, our siblings, our … Continue reading

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