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 most underrated book on writing

Imagine lounging on a couch with a cup of tea and a real, physical book that you actually want to read. (In this scenario, you also have a few spare hours, your health, lots of money, and the climate has healed—because while we’re at it, let’s dream big.) You’re at a the lake house, with…

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Why It’s So Easy to Overestimate How Much You Know About a Topic

Based on years and years of writing about science and studying psychology, here is my Grand Unified Theory for Why It’s So Easy to Overestimate Our Knowledge of a Topic. Let’s say you want to learn about psychology/architecture/physiology. First, that’s easy! We’re all lifelong students of behavior/buildings/bodies. So you’re starting here: Then you start reading…

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Ants suffer from cognitive overload

Just a reminder: ants suffer from cognitive overload. “Individual ants made much worse decisions when faced with 8 options rather than 2 meaning that they experienced cognitive overload.” To deal with this, they engaged in collective decision-making. The ants “place the burden of making complicated decisions on the backs of the entire colony, rather than…

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First workshop for Making Numbers Count

Thank you to Women in Financial Services! My inaugural workshop for Making Numbers Count couldn’t have had a nicer audience. To find out how to communicate about your numbers in a way that everyone will understand, please get in touch!

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If not today, when are you going to have time to work that project?

Think about the next thing you really want to do: finalizing your divorce, working on your fitness, starting a new business, saving for retirement, moving abroad, reading/writing that book, reconnecting with friends, teaching your kids Spanish, learning a new skill, getting sober, taking that class, developing a meditation practice, blogging… If you don’t have time…

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How we develop hunches about people

Here’s what happens when we’re trying to figure out what we think about something: we look. We notice. We tally what we like and don’t like, placing it into a good or bad column, essentially weighing the pros and cons of each one. If we’re on a date and figuring out if we like someone,…

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How to Learn About a New Subject

Almost everything is online, but nothing is organized. If you want to learn about a new topic, I recommend having a good framework in place before you start. Having a sense of how things relate to each other by reading in a systematic, deliberate way will help it stay in that gorgeous noodle of yours…

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How to get clarity… now!

It’s 2021: 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. I…

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