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Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Tyranny of Low Expectations

Low expectations are one of the most subtle yet devastatingly effective forms of sabotage we can do to others and ourselves. Low expectations often masquerade as kindness yet they are the cruelest cuts because they deny an individual or an organization its opportunity for greatness. By passing low expectations off as being nice or kind […]

The Power of Nothing

Placebos are sugar pills (or saline solution) with no medical benefit, yet people who take them frequently get better. Does that make them legitimate medicine? Perhaps. The possibility is great enough that Harvard just opened an institute known as the Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter. The rapidly evolving field of neuroimaging (such […]

“Thinking, Fast and Slow”

“Thinking, Fast and Slow” is a new book by Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman about biases, shortcuts, and cognitive illusions that beset human thinking: – Given $50, people react differently to a proposal that results in “losing $30” or “keeping $20” even though they are mathematically the same outcome. – People feel more threatened by a […]

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