Should she trust her gut or her head?
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Should you go with your gut when hiring an employee or making another decision on the job? The research suggests that in most cases, probably not.
Use your hands, think more clearly.
Thinking isn't just about grey matter. It can develop from counting your pinkies too.
Don’t be confused for too long.
If you've ever felt confused then you're not alone. But knowing how to deal with confusion can help us to learn new things.
Computers are getting better at playing games such as chess.
Artificial intelligence gives us machines that can beat humans at games such as chess and go. How long before we see AI surpass human intelligence?
You can’t rely on common sense.
How often have you been urged to use common sense during an argument or a debate? The problem is, common sense is an unreliable indicator of truth.
Can a machine really think, be in awe and wonder?
As machines get ever more complex as we strive to make them complete more complex tasks, it's time to ask again: will they ever be able to think? But what is thinking anyway?
Simplifying a problem can make it easier to solve.
Problem solving requires so much brain power that there can be no room left for remembering simple rules.
We want our children to be able to argue rationally.
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How can we make the most of the "why?" years and develop our children into effective inquirers and critical thinkers?
Just how quickly are those thoughts bouncing around in there?
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Sensory information comes into the system, and we initiate actions in response. Quantifying how quickly that happens is tricky – especially since our own perceptions of the timing aren't quite right.
Politicians don’t want us thinking too hard about what they say and do.
What you make of the federal budget will be based on quick judgement rather than any careful analysis. And that's just the way politicians like it.
The process of therapy is challenging and takes courage.
If you or someone you care about experience an emotional problem it won't be long before you hear that cognitive behaviour therapy, or CBT, is probably the treatment of choice.
Something to ponder – how to teach critical thinking.
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Are you a rational thinker, or do you make decisions based on intuition?
Are you the “lazy” or the “deliberate” thinker? Why can’t we have a hybrid? Something has been bugging me for quite a while – how difficult it is to strike a balance between thinking fast, albeit impulsively…