Decisiveness with Low Information

In virtually every area of human life, we lack some of the necessary information to make decisions. But somehow, we are still able to function; we can make decisions without spending inordinate amounts of time on them. How is that possible? Low information rationality is a social theory, first proposed by political scientist Samuel Popkin,…

Not All Truth Is Created Equal

Most people, whether on a day-to-day basis or in the grand scheme of things, are searching for some form of truth. That could range from the mundane (why do chicken nuggets exist?) to the profound (why are we here?). Regardless of the scope of one’s questions, some methods of working through those questions lead us…

The Dunning-Kruger Effect: Knowing Our Own Limits

Perhaps the biggest of my weekly indulgences is watching TV whenever I find the time. Of the few shows I’m committed to, I’m very fond of NBC’s The Blacklist, which focuses on the as yet unknown relationship between wanted criminal Raymond Reddington (James Spader) and rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). During the fourth season’s…