Temptation Bundling Temptation bundling is a technique to incentivize ourselves to get something done by pairing it with something we enjoy. I need to clean the kitchen, and I also love podcasts, so I try to save my podcasts for when I clean the kitchen (or need to do other podcast-compatible activities). In order for … Continue reading Behavioral Economics Part 2
I love behavioral economics. There are so many key concepts that fundamentally change the way you see human behavior. The mix of one part economics with two parts psychology is a powerful one that might just enable us to make the world a better place for people to live. These ideas are not thoroughly sourced, but … Continue reading Behavioral Economics Part 1
Lately I've had some cognitive dissonance regarding two ideas I like very much: a strengths based approach to learning versus a growth mindset approach. Whenever two seemingly disparate ideas clash, it is inevitable that the most useful way of thinking finds a way to combine and respect both. In a sense, these two ideas are … Continue reading Strengths Based vs. Growth Mindset
****SPOILER**** Yep, it sure is. I will be talking exclusively about the United States. There are some basic takeaways I want to communicate: It's possible to be financially successful without a college degree, but it's not likely at all It's possible to not be financially successful even with a college degree, but it is not so … Continue reading Is College Still Worth It Financially?
This will be my last Physics post, concluding the theme I've been running with over the last week or so. This one is about all the Physics that physicists don't like to talk about; namely, the major problems in Physics. The post also goes over the successes and failures of string theory. I've gotten the … Continue reading The Trouble With Physics
Today's Physics post is about modern cosmology--the composition and behavior of the universe at the grandest scale, and an introduction to the "fine tuning problem." The second paragraph is a recap from the last physics post, "Echoes of the Big Bang." The appendix lists five of the many techniques for measuring distance in the cosmos. … Continue reading Our Cosmic Habitat
Today's physics post is about the book "Echoes of the Big Bang" by Michael Lemonick. It is a story about the history and consequences of the discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). Enjoy! Michael Lemonick’s Echo of the Big Bang provides the story of how the metaphorical “smoke” from the gunshot that was the … Continue reading Echoes of the Big Bang