18/07/11

It’s fascinating how attracted we tend to be to stories of doom. What is it that makes such stories so captivating? Andrew O’Connell, HBR editor, explains why we find tales of disaster so compelling.

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18/07/05

Some of us do it for pleasure, some of us do it for other reasons. One thing is certain, though, we all listen to music. However, music is not always beneficial for the job at hand. That’s why it’s good to know how to match the music to the task you’re doing, and when you’re better off working in silence.

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18/06/28

Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs — or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, interweaved with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century France. When your steadfast opinions are tested, Galef asks: “What do you most yearn for? Do you yearn to defend your own beliefs or do you yearn to see the world as clearly as you possibly can?”

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18/06/21

Why does the great male shrike kill bugs and poke them on thorns? Why is it so hard for humans to make the right choices? Douglas Lisle shows us how the answers are related. One of psychology’s most innovative and curious minds, Lisle is the Director of Research for TrueNorth Health Center and coauthor of The Pleasure Trap.

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18/06/14

It happens to all of us: you unsubscribe from an unwanted marketing email, and a few days later another message from the same company pops up in your inbox. Comedian James Veitch turned this frustration into whimsy when a local supermarket refused to take no for an answer. Hijinks ensued.

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