The art and science of abstract thinking

What is something we only become capable of doing after age eleven, that helps us solve complex problems and write poetry, but needs to be yielded carefully? That’s abstract thinking, a powerful tool for creativity and innovation which anyone can learn how to use better. The difference between concrete and abstract thinking Concrete thinking is …

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Attentional bias: the invisible puppeteer behind our decisions

Most people feel that, within the constraints they need to navigate, they are in control of their decisions. But we often automatically follow a train of thought or an external cue without noticing the selective factors in our attention. This phenomenon is called the attentional bias, and it affects many of the decisions we make. …

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Become more calm and conscious with Kai Koch, co-founder of Ahead

Welcome to this edition of our Tools for Thought series, where we interview founders on a mission to help us better manage our thoughts, emotions, and knowledge. Kai Koch is the co-founder of Ahead, a mobile application designed to help people master their emotions in just five minutes a day. Developed in partnership with psychologists, …

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2021 year in review: making friends with fear

At the end of last year, all I was craving was calm and stability; my mind was hoping for an uneventful year, nicely ticking along, made of moments of rest and reflection. To say that things did not go to plan is an understatement. Calm and stability are definitely not the right keywords to describe …

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Redefining knowledge management with Kevin Lin, founder of Dendron

Welcome to this edition of our Tools for Thought series, where we interview founders on a mission to help us think better and become more creative and productive. Kevin Lin is the founder of Dendron, a lightning fast, open source personal knowledge management tool that lives in your integrated development environment. Dendron uses schemas and …

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How to measure meaning in life

Philosophers and psychologists alike have long argued about the definition and factors of a meaningful life. What does it mean to live a meaningful life? Is meaningfulness necessary for happiness? While these questions may seem to belong to the realm of the metaphysical, meaningfulness is actually associated with greater well-being, and scientists have even devised …

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Living and working outside your inbox with the co-founder of Mailman

Welcome to this edition of our Tools for Thought series, where we interview founders on a mission to help us be more productive without sacrificing our mental health. Mohit Mamoria is the founder and CEO of Mailman, a plugin that allows you to decide when and what emails should land in your inbox. In a …

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Building a social knowledge base with Dmitriy Fabrikant, founder of Knovigator

Welcome to this edition of our Tools for Thought interview series, where we meet with founders on a mission to help us think better. Dmitriy Fabrikant is the founder of Knovigator, a tool to write with re-usable knowledge building blocks, designed to offer effortless creativity and collaboration. Knovigator uses threading and branching to help users …

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