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Halo effect extended

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*This is the extended version of the article, if you are bored, or in a hurry, or you have to feed your dog, check the short version here. Halo effect Think about Hugh Grant. He seems like a nice guy, always starring in romantic movies, he appears to be a romantic heart, a man every woman would want to have. You assume he must be a generous guy, a trustworthy  loving husband who would be the...

Halo Effect

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Halo effect Imagine Hugh Grant. He seems a nice guy, always playing in romantic movies, he seems to be a romantic heart, a person every woman would want to have. You imagine that he must be a generous guy, a trustworthy loving husband who would be the perfect man for a woman. But the reality is quite different. Ηe cheated on his previous wife, and he has a,  not so quite stable personal life...

Effective reading, how to master it.

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Most of us know how to read. If the case were different, you’d be memorizing the alphabet, not browsing an article about the effectiveness of reading. But what exactly does “reading” mean? What differentiates the good from the bad reader? Do all books require the same amount of time and effort to be read ? How to master effective reading? To answer the above questions, we must...

Confirmation Bias

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Confirmation Bias in everyday life. Have you ever been to a discussion wondering “How do these people believe that, haven’t they read the news?” or “How do you say that, just google it and you will see that things are not like that.” The chances are that most probably you’ve previously been in such a situation. This discussion could be about everything, from politics and religion to who is the...

As our Eyes and Senses Deceive us, so does our Mind

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Another part of the website is the execution of experiments, with emphasis on social experiments. Why am I doing this? I though that on one hand this is an active learning process; thinking, designing, conducting the experiment and then analyzing the results would help me remember a particular part of knowledge. On the other hand, in combination with the Open Minds (serious Think Tank based in...

I’ll tell you a secret: why Do It Like Plato

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The first major part is how to think How to critically think, how to successfully develop a better decision making process,  how to thoroughly consider things, and how to first of all doubt someone’s own thoughts and beliefs. This, along with the introspection you are bound to make sooner or later, are the major points someone should be concerned with.  Understand what you want, learn how to...

About Learning and Mental Models

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There is so much knowledge out there that sometimes you think you are going to go crazy.  The important question here is: do we actually acquire knowledge? A lot of people surf the web all day long, reading articles, memos, opinions etc. The issue here is that it proves very difficult for the mind to process all this information. Reading to Understand When we read something, we tend to believe...

Critical Thinking and Wisdom

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The thing with knowledge is that it is vast. So if you want to become an expert on something, first you should specialize in a subarea. For example, if you have a Physicist’s degree, you can study Materials Physics, then move deeper into Nanotechnology, and then even deeper into, let’s say, Nanomedicine. You  will most probably end up going for a post-doc, becoming somewhat of a...

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