How to make a hard choice?

“Here’s a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up or get married?! Where should I live?”

Big decisions like these can be agonisingly difficult. But that’s because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.

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Why we should trust scientists

Many of the world’s biggest problems require asking questions of scientists but why should we believe what they say?

Historian of science Naomi Oreskes thinks deeply about our relationship to belief and draws out three problems with common attitudes toward scientific inquiry and gives her own reasoning for why we ought to trust science.

 

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A simple way to break a bad habit

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Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them?

“Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they’re bad for us. Learn more about the mechanism of habit development and discover a simple but profound tactic that might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving.”