The first rule of Dunning-Kruger Club is you do not know you’re in Dunning-Kruger Club.
The fundamental cause of trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
–Bertrand Russell, 1933, lamenting the rise of Nazi Germany
I have written 11 books, » Read more
Every so often, when I tell someone that I have a professional background in psychological research, they’ll immediately start talking to me about Sigmund Freud.
And inevitably I’ll end up conveying the same information: Freud’s a famous guy, and a lot of people’s “picture” of psychology — but he wasn’t a scientist. He formed a lot of hypotheses, » Read more
I walk up to the pharmacy counter, having just stowed my shopping cart in a place where I hope it’ll be sufficiently out of the way so that no one will bump into it (but still within eyesight, lest anyone be tempted to make off with it instead of getting a cart from the proper place). » Read more
“Oh of course you’re gonna slow down now,” Justin says, shaking his head. He swears colorfully. So colorfully. It’s a veritable rainbow of profanity.
The driver in question has just committed a pet peeve of his — and of many other people. It’s a very familiar frustrating situation: Another driver is going rather slow on the highway. » Read more
Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.
Each zoo is a little different, in that they all have a different mix of animals and exhibits. Depending on the climate, certain animals might be kept indoors for most of the year, » Read more
She’s holding her phone, scrolling through Facebook. She groans at something she sees. “Guess it’s time to snooze their posts for a while again.”
Snooze is a feature she uses a lot, allowing her not to see content from the person in question for 30 days. She’s found it extraordinarily useful ever since Facebook implemented it. » Read more
“The bad stuff is easier to believe. You ever notice that?”
-Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman
“It’s kind of screwy,” she says. “I love compliments, but I get so little mileage out of them. Meanwhile, someone insults me, and I’m thinking about that for weeks.” » Read more
“We finish each other’s–”
–Arrested Development (and later, Frozen)
Have you ever been so close to someone that you knew what they were going to say next?
It turns out that scientists are researching this, why this happens, » Read more
The other evening I was driving home from a class I was teaching, one that ended at about 9:00 at night. Even in the city, typically traffic is very light that time of day. Rush hour is long over, most people have returned from their dinners out, and the bar crowd hasn’t yet decided to turn in. » Read more
As some of you may be aware, last weekend I posted the final installment of a long-running feature in Poly Land, the PQ series, in which I answered every single chapter end question in the book More than Two with its very own essay.
While it feels great to have accomplished the task I set out to tackle two years ago, » Read more