Think Like a Freak

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain Thinking like a Freak Trying to think more creatively and rationally Viewing things from different angles and with different expectations Hard to do because existing biases and herd mentality I Don’t Know Hard to really understand complicated things Studies on expert predictions… Continue reading Think Like a Freak

James Altucher Podcast – Stephen Dubner – 05/2015 Stephen Dubner is one of the authors of the Freakonomics books When to Rob a Bank is new book consisting of best blog posts from past 10 years Levis tends to throw himself into a situation while Dubner tends to raise a question Writing tends to be about ideas vs. specific things making more… Continue reading James Altucher Podcast – Stephen Dubner – 05/2015


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition People have automatic responses to certain stimuli. Without these shortcuts, we’d be processing and evaluating information all day. While useful, these automatic responses leave us vulnerable to people who know how they work. Understanding these behaviors can help protect yourself from unwanted influence. The tactics fall into six major categories.… Continue reading Influence

Man’s Search For Meaning

Man’s Search for Meaning Part I: Experiences in a Concentration Camp In Part I, Victor Frankl recounts his experiences in concentration camps. There were mass killings. Prisoners were given bars of soap and sent to gas chambers to take a “bath”. Everyone considered suicide. Prisoners grew detached and disgusted with life. They were constantly beaten. Sometimes the mental… Continue reading Man’s Search For Meaning

Learned Optimism

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life Optimism and Pessimism People with optimistic outlooks tend to be more successful than their pessimistic counterparts. Studies have also shown that pessimism is also associated with a weaker immune system. Optimistic and Pessimistic tendencies are not due to natural or biological inclinations but to cognitive explanatory… Continue reading Learned Optimism