Sprezzatura: The Art Of Making Difficult Things Look Simple 

Sprezzatura

If there’s one type of person we admire, it’s the person who’s able to get things done without even trying. You know that person. He’s the student who aces the final exam “without even studying”. She’s the Instagram model who woke up with perfect hair. And both of them are in great shape by “just […]

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Ignorance Is Bliss, Illusion Is Not

The Knowledge Illusion

Everybody knows that they don’t know enough about the world. Where people disagree though, is how much exactly they know. “Maybe I don’t know about rocket science or self-driving cars”, you might say, “but I know enough about the world”. That’s enough for me. It sounds reasonable, but even then, there’s a good chance you […]

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The Steel Man Technique: How To Argue Better And Be Persuasive

Modern-day debates tend to be incredibly frustrating. If you listen to the language used to assess any debate, you’ll find that there’s always an element of “winning”. The aim, to most people, is thus to have an argument that is better than the opponent’s. Failing which, you present one that sounds better than your opponent’s. […]

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The Spotlight Effect: Why No One Else Remembers What You Did

The Spotlight Effect

Imagine you’ve just walked into a room. You’re wearing a t-shirt printed with a terrible joke. It’s printed in block letters, so there’s no way people can miss. The colours don’t even go well together. It’s downright embarrassing. A couple of reactions are to be expected. You can’t help but notice that a couple of […]

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