Mental Models

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We use mental models as simplified representations of how things work. We can't store all of the information we encounter in our heads, so mental models are used to break complex ideas into manageable parts.

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David Elikwu

The sweet dream behind NyQuil

I hate being sick. When you're feeling under the weather, the last thing you want is to be kept awake by a hacking cough or a stuffy nose. That's when you might reach for a product called Night Nurse, otherwise known as NyQuil. This over-the-counter medication...

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The journey is the reward

As an astronaut, Chris Hadfield knows firsthand that the journey to space is a long and unpredictable one. But most of an astronaut's journey isn't spent among the stars. During his twenty-one year career as an astronaut, Hadfield spent just six months in space. Fortunately, according...

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You have one decision to make today

You have one decision to make today You take it for granted because you do it every day. It doesn’t change your life because you take it for granted. The ability to make high-quality decisions is the greatest superpower you can harness without being struck by lightning. Every time...

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The Vital Few: How to do more with less

Imagine you're a soldier in mediaeval times. You have the choice of bringing one of five swords into battle with you. Which one would you choose? Most likely, you'd choose the sword that was the sharpest, the strongest, and the most reliable. You wouldn't...

David Elikwu

The secret to intelligence

Most people think intelligence is about knowing and saying fancy words (jargon). They accumulate abstractions and discuss them, thinking it's smart. Intelligence is mostly the opposite; it's a factor of your ability to construct and deconstruct abstractions. Acquisition speed is definitely a factor in intelligence, but...

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