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Last updated 5 days ago

Prisoner’s Dilemma: Is Cooperation Always the Right Answer?

5 days ago

In this classic game theory experiment, you must decide: rat out another...

Mental Models in Space

11 days ago

How do you survive in space? Turns out that mental models are...

The Illusory Truth Effect: Why We Believe Fake News, Conspiracy Theories and Propaganda

18 days ago

When a “fact” tastes good and is repeated enough, we tend to...

The Positive Side of Shame

25 days ago

Recently, shame has gotten a bad rap. It’s been branded as toxic...

The Inner Game of Tennis: Why Trying Too Hard Can Be Counterproductive

about 1 month ago

The standard way of learning is far from being the fastest or...

Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience: How to Tell the Difference

about 1 month ago

In a digital world that clamors for clicks, news is sensationalized and...

Is Vulnerability a Choice?

about 2 months ago

Being vulnerable is not a choice. It’s a fact. What we do...

The Top 5 Episodes of The Knowledge Project 2019

about 2 months ago

Through conversations, we are able to learn from others, reflect on ourselves...

The Best of Farnam Street 2019

about 2 months ago

We read for the same reasons we have conversations — to enrich...

The Gift of Hope

about 2 months ago

It can be daunting, wondering what to give people, especially at this...

Farnam Street’s 2019 Annual Letter to Readers

2 months ago

Most public companies write an annual letter to shareholders At their best,...

Influence, Gender, and Defying Social Conventions with Friedrich Nietzsche and Jane Austen

2 months ago

In the third installment of our FS Bar series, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche...