You’re wrong; not stupid

There’s a major problem in our society today. Not enough people are wrong – or at least, not enough of them are willing to admit they are. Being wrong never used to be such a stressful event, but it seems that admissions of wrongness are a rare occurrence in our society. And it’s hurting us….

Why are People so Violent on Black Friday?

When 34 year old Jdimytai Damour arrived for work in the early hours of Friday, November 28th, 2008, he expected a stressful day ahead of him. An employee at the Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, NY, Mr. Damour was gearing up for the store’s annual Black Friday sale, which included heavily discounted items like a Samsung…

We’re Fighting Fake News. What About Fake Science?

In the aftermath of the 2016 American Election, a common theme has been the push to make sense of the situation. For a result that shocked many given the tone of most media sources leading up to the election, truth and the ability to make sense of the world have been in high demand. Many…

Organic Food is Not Sustainable

Like a shrinking number of North Americans, I grew up in a small farming community. Almost half of my classmates were up before dawn each day to feed livestock, gather eggs, and tend to newborn calves around the farm. Discussions of 4H club assignments were common at school, and class field trips often took the…

Stop Focusing on Work-Life Balance.

Instead, focus on work-life integration. Workplace happiness and well-being are two metrics through which many of us base our employer’s value on. Instead of higher salaries, many employers are changing their strategy of attracting and retaining top talent by offering more flexible hours and more comfortable accommodations at the office. In a class survey of…

Social Network Opinion Bias (SNOB) and why it’s so harmful to ideas

Centuries ago, the majority of the population was illiterate. Instead of reading text, information was primarily passed down through spoken word. ¬†Any recorded history could only be interpreted by the privileged few blessed with the ability to decipher scribbles on parchment. Written words were wielded as a form of power and influence. As Eric Hoffer¬†states…

Why did 3 million people buy a book that tells them to respect their socks?

About a month ago, my girlfriend and I were making our weekly rounds at our local bookstore when she grabbed a copy of Marie Kondo’s “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” The book was located in a featured section themed around personal well-being and general happiness. The premise of the book,…

Why Most of us Fail at Change

We are always changing. Regardless of our external stimuli, each day we wake up a little different than the last. Some of us change faster than others, but we all experience and desire some degree of change on a regular basis. Almost all change we experience is so incremental that we cannot actively measure it….

Why Do We Hate Spoilers?

When George Lucas announced a reboot of his acclaimed Star Wars film franchise, fans of the films went to great lengths to be the first to see the next series of adventures in a galaxy far, far away. Within minutes of the movie’s release, the internet was awash with a flurry of users posting spoilers…