blogs about critical thinking

blogs about critical thinking


When Heuristics Help, and When They Fail

heuristics June 13th, 2019

I was speaking with a big-time investor today. I have had about three hours of conversation so far. He certainly operates at a higher level and is in a very different class than I am (I don’t mean when it comes to generally what depth of a person he is – authenticity or generosity or decency). I am talking about the folks he knows, the deals he has done, the net worth he has accumulated, the risks he has taken, and the knowledge he has under his belt is just clearly a few levels above me. He is older than I, and has been at it longer and excelled in it. How does a person of my intelligence and experience level suss out whether this man is all he is cracked up to be? Can he be enormously helpful to me as a mentor, or am I just a fish he has on the hook? In the human mind, prejudices and cognitive biases abound, so wisdom is really what is called for. In the field of applied philosophy, a thing called heuristics can help, but they can also fail.

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Blogs About Wisdom, Values, Ethics, & Philosophy

blogs about wisdom May 4th, 2018

I’m Jason Merchey, a philosophical thinker, writer, and master’s level psychologist. I founded and shepherd a website called Values of the Wise. My main goal with all my blogs about wisdom and virtues is to assist folks in obtaining the most fulfilling and moral lives possible – what I call a life of value. Below are some highlights from blogs about wisdom, values, philosophy, psychology, economics, and politics I have written in the past 16 months – and I’m proud to report I have just reached 400 posts here on Values of the Wise (which includes about 85 podcasts about values and ethics). Enjoy.

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