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Dunning-Kruger: A Little Knowledge Is a Dangerous Thing

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Have you heard of cognitive biases? Everyone has them. If you think you don't, then that's called the Blind-Spot Bias. In some ways we couldn't function without them. Cognitive biases are kind of like shortcuts in the brain. We take in so much information throughout the day that we have to find a quick, somewhat efficient way to make sense of it all. Add to that the fact that we are highly social beings and we desire almost above everything else to be a part of an "in group." So we will overlook and ignore some things in order to keep our own personal beliefs and actions in line with the group to which we want to belong. I would argue that most cognitive biases are not inherently bad, so long as we recognize them and can become more aware of when we are relying on them too heavily. But if we are aren't self-aware, if we just kind of live on autopilot and let our cognitive biases take too much control, then what starts out as a shortcut can quickly tur

Ditching Social Media to Regain Our Sanity

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Did you know that nearly 80% of adults in the US own a smartphone ? That's nuts! Just a few years ago it was around 30%. Smartphones are getting better every year. They have better cameras, longer battery lives, clearer screens, and smoother designs. I recently got Apple's new iPhone XR. It's an amazing upgrade from my nearly-three-year-old SE. But I've noticed something. Since I've gotten a new phone, I've been spending more time on it. Thanks to Apple's new Screen Time tracker, my screen time has nearly doubled! Yikes... Have you seen the photographs of people with their smartphones edited out?  Photographer Eric Pickersgill took photos of people in their everyday lives with their smartphones and then edited the devices out of the pictures. It's humorous in a disturbing and uncomfortable way. You can check out his full gallery here:  https://www.removed.social Every new year people try to make goals for self-improvement and such. Most fail mi