How to Think About: Monogamy (and not be an idiot)

When we complain that people are generally bad at something, often we’re not saying they don’t understand it, as in they don’t understand it at all. What we’re saying is that they have missed (what appears to us as) a clear application, which is the mark of true understanding. Take stats. Most reasonably educated people understand what correlation is, or variance. They might be able … Continue reading How to Think About: Monogamy (and not be an idiot)

Constructive Interference

According to a number of studies (do a search on “music for productivity”), music that is highly engaging, such as songs we enjoy — especially those with a lot of lyrics — are good for repetitive work. This is probably because they stimulate areas of the brain otherwise deadened by rote activity, which can be accomplished largely without “interference” from our higher brain centers. On … Continue reading Constructive Interference