The Starr Report: How Daniel Kahneman Helped Me Win at CrossFit

WYSIATI: the focusing illusion! Because we overemphasize the information that’s in front of our face, we don’t even realize how little we know. It’s easy to say that others who have what we want are lucky, simply because we often fail to see how different their lives are from our own. Thank you, Daniel Kahneman,…

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Why No One Likes Tourists

Large-scale endeavors require that we have an idea of what people will do—and it’s more nuanced than “be nice.” Take, for example, one of the best-known studies of economic cooperation: the Ultimatum Game. In this game, one player is given $100 and told that he has to offer part of it to a second player—as much…

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The Relativity Theory of Motivation

This interview with Devon Price is the best that I’ve read in a while. Price, the author of Laziness Does Not Exist, started rethinking their entire view of productivity after reflecting on their pet chinchilla, Dumptruck. “He’s never been productive in his life… So I think animals help us remember that we shouldn’t have to…

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A Unifying Theory of Heuristics

First, a story: some kids spent Christmas break in 1955 playing with Radio Flyers or dolls. Katherine Frank helped develop artificial intelligence. Over Christmas vacation, 1955, Herbert Simon tested the viability of the Logic Theory Machine by means of what can only be described as analog. Simon gave various family members cards to hold up—each of…

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How to get clarity for 2020. NOW.

It’s 2020: the theme for this year? CLARITY. But my personal theme, as always, is RESILIENCE.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Karla Starr (@karlastarr) on Jan 31, 2020 at 1:14pm PST So this year, we’re getting clear about resilience, and I’ll do a good bit of legwork for us.…

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