The incentives for groupthink. 

Academic departments are trending toward conformity. “According to arguably the best-designed survey of American faculty beliefs since the early 1970s, which was carried out in the mid-00s, only 3.6% of humanities faculty members and only 4.9% in the social sciences self-identified as conservatives.” Neema Parvini digs into the mechanics of why that’s the case. learn more

The McRib effect. 

“When the McRib is available, the S&P 500 has an average daily return about 7 basis points (0.07%) higher than on days when it is not available. To put that into perspective, when annualized, that difference would be 19% every year.” This is a great article from Of Dollars and Data reminding us that correlation is not causation. learn more

How to talk to strangers. 

If you struggle with talking to strangers, maybe this can help! “Kio Stark has always talked to strangers. She shares 5 ways to spark a meaningful interaction with someone you’ve never met before.” learn more

Tricking your brain into learning more. 

“When 50,000 of Mark Rober’s 3 million YouTube subscribers participated in a basic coding challenge, the data all pointed to what Rober has dubbed the Super Mario Effect. The YouTube star and former NASA engineer describes how this data-backed mindset for life gamification has stuck with him along his journey, and how it impacts the ways he helps (or tricks) his viewers into learning science, engineering, and design.” learn more