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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 — that doesn’t make sense. This is called the optimism bias. However — even if you can’t know whether you’re […]

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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 to further UCSB’s impact in the academic and research world. I say attended, but I really mean I gate-crashed. I […]

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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 ice cream shop of choice as a toddler. Since then, I’ve seen many a Baskin-Robbins close, and it seems that […]

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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 are a great example, dear reader — you love Santa Barbara, you made the best friends, you’ve had the greatest […]

When Brains Go Autopilot, It’s Time to Take the Wheel
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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, now stop talking to me. The truth is that we’re arguing constantly — yes, we argue with each other, but […]