Mental models

Learn more about general thinking strategies and tactics, including decision-making, problem-solving, and productivity.

How much control can we really have in studies on animals?

A 40-year-old study shows that animals’ emotional states can impact physiology, a reminder that they are more complex and individual than we often give them credit for.

The dangers of “healthy” addictions

Though exercise has virtually unlimited health benefits, addiction to exercise can be a danger to mental and physical well-being. But what distinguishes exercise addiction from healthy engagement in physical activity?

Twenty years after the Columbia disaster, what can we learn from the mistake of ignoring problems?

Every January, NASA holds a Day of Remembrance to honor the lives of astronauts lost to tragedy. But perhaps the greatest tribute we can make is to learn from past mistakes.

The Safety Debate Between Manual and Automatic Transmissions

When it comes to safety, the distinct advantages of automatic and manual vehicles depend on who’s in the driver’s seat.

The Epidemic on the Road

Motor vehicle accidents are a common yet often overlooked cause of death – and the numbers are rising.

Do helmets give cyclists a false sense of security?

PedalMe, a London-based e-bike company, recently announced that their employees were not allowed to wear bike helmets for safety reasons. Does their rationale have any merit?

What is the role of genetics in determining one’s work ethic and success in a given discipline?

This clip is from episode #183, James Clear: Building & Changing Habits, originally released on November 8, 2021.  

Is lack of curiosity an age-related condition?

What is it about children that makes them ask so many curious and thoughtful questions that adults can’t answer, or never even think to ask?

#183 – James Clear: Building & Changing Habits

“If you’re going to be building habits anyway, you might as well understand what they are and how they work and how to shape them so that you can be the architect of your habits and not the victim of them.” —James Clear

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