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Better Yourself: Five Steps to Becoming Exceptional

A while back I wrote an article on the human tendency to think we’re above average. In it, I made the obvious point that we can’t all be above average…

You’re Not ‘Bad With Names,’ You’re Just Not Using Your Memory Creatively

This past weekend, I attended a function of the highest prestige: the launch party for The Campaign for UC Santa Barbara, an event that celebrated the new phase of funding…

The Paradox of Choice: Minimizing the Margin of Regret (Why Too Many Choices Are Not Always a Good Thing)

Too many choices — the problem with Baskin-Robbins and why In-N-Out is awesome. Baskin-Robbins is a wonderful little ice cream parlor chain. Also known as “31 Flavors,” it was my…

The Truth About Attitude: Why Happiness Is a Decision, Not An Outcome

If we’re being real with ourselves (which we are, by the way), forgoing the free will/determinism argument, we can agree that most of our lives are ruled by randomness. You…

When Brains Go Autopilot, It’s Time to Take the Wheel

When Brains Go Autopilot, It’s Time to Take the Wheel

How often do you argue? All you trim-bearded philosophy majors can go ahead and wipe that superior smirk off your face, please … Yes, you took a class on logic,…

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