Explorations

Human behavior, storytelling, and more.

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How Much Does Reading Level Matter?

Some time ago, a friend and I were talking about becoming better writers by looking at the “reading levels” of our work. Scholars have formulas for automatically estimating reading level using syllables, sentence length, and other proxies for...

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How To Use Virtues & Principles For better Decision-Making

  AFEW YEARS AGO I found myself in a rather dark place. The bottom had dropped out from under me in several areas of my life. It started...

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A better way to brainstorm

  This treatise on productive brainstorming—or rather, alternatives to it—is based on dozens of scientific studies and voluminous...

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Intellectual Dishonesty

How to debate and make progress by curbing Intellectual Dishonesty Discourse and debate are more effective in both democracy and business when...

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Intellectual Humility: A Guide For Humans

Intellectual Humility: A Timeless Virtue Intellectual Humility is one of the most exciting fields of study in current psychology and philosophy....

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How To Form Innovative, Non-Obvious Hypotheses

Part 5 of my Lateral Thinking explainer series is about doing what most people jump straight to in Step 1 of a typical problem-solving process:...

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Using Lateral Thinking To Test & Bulletproof innovative ideas

Part 6 of my Thinking Different explainer series digs into how to run your ideas through the gauntlet, so you can make sure you're coming to strong...

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Building Range and Cognitive Diversity To Solve Problems More Easily

The Importance Of Being Multi-Disciplined The conclusion of my Lateral Thinking explainer series. In this episode we explore how to diversify our...

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How To Have A Productive Debate

Note from Shane: In my book Dream Teams I discuss how to harness the conflict between people with different ideas—and how debate is better for...

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Culture Add: The Antidote To Culture Fit

WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE PEOPLE THAT ADD TO YOUR CULTURE, NOT FIT IT  

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