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Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

Making Decisions

Decision making is a multi-faceted subject. It goes beyond just deciding yes or no. As the resources below will show you, there are a number of ways to make decisions optimally.

Behavioral Economics

Why do people do what they do? Behavioral economics seeks to combine economic theory and human behavior to answer why.

Daniel Kahneman is a giant in the field. Start with his work:

Nudging

We often think that we know what's best and it would be nice if we could just get people to see it our way. You can use subtle cues called "nudges" to push people towards what you want them to do.

Optimal Stopping

A niche area of decision theory is optimal stopping. Optimal stopping is meant to calculate the best point at which to stop seeking new choices and make a decision amongst your existing options. This is one of the few areas of mathematics where laypeople can understand the immediate significance of the concept.

Cognitive Biases

No one is perfectly rational. By recognizing your cognitive biases, you can counteract the hidden impairments to making good decisions.

Tools For Decision Making

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The Curse of Having an Opinion About Everything

The Curse of Having an Opinion About Everything

To say: “I don’t have an opinion on that.” (Even if deep down we do!) To focus on the things in front of us that matter, or more importantly, that are in our control. There is plenty there for us. Plenty to keep us busy, and not miserable.
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How to Get Rich (without getting lucky)

I love reading Naval Ravikant and listening to his podcast appearances. How to Get Rich (without getting lucky)

Specific knowledge is knowledge that you cannot be trained for. If society can train you, it can train someone else, and replace you. Specific knowledge is found by pursuing your genuine curiosity and passion rather than whatever is hot right now.
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First Principles: Elon Musk on the Power of Thinking for Yourself

First Principles: Elon Musk on the Power of Thinking for Yourself

First principles thinking is the act of boiling a process down to the fundamental parts that you know are true and building up from there.
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Knocking Down a Steel Man: How to Argue Better

Knocking Down a Steel Man: How to Argue Better:
"...steelmanning, the art of addressing the best form of the other person’s argument, even if it’s not the one they presented.
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