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It’s been almost four weeks since CFAR touched down in Melbourne, Australia — our first foray into running international workshops, after having thus far limited ourselves to the Bay Area and New York. We dove right in with not one, but two back-to-back four-day workshops, plus a short workshop for Aussie startup Draftable. Some highlights

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Scott Adams may be best known for the comic strip Dilbert, but he’s also an entrepreneur many times over. He’ll be the first to cheerfully admit that most of those businesses failed — and to turn those failures into some very thoughtful insights about success and rationality. I checked out Scott’s latest book, “How to

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It’s an unfortunate fact for philosophy buffs that there aren’t really any jobs, outside academia, where you get paid to *do philosophy.* There are some occasional exceptions, however. I consider my job at CFAR to fall partly in that category, since our classes often rely on philosophical concepts (like testability, or personal identity) and philosophical

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Some people seem to get a lot more benefit out of the “rationality community” — blogs, meetups, workshops, etc. — than others. What accounts for the variation? CFAR research associate Dan Keys investigated this question via a survey of about 1,400 people who are all involved, in varying degrees, with the rationality community either online

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I was recently asked, by personal finance site Learnvest, how rationality can help with procrastination. Interestingly, when you stare hard at it, “procrastination” collapses into multiple issues which can be very different from each other (and which call for very different approaches). Sure, there’s the “typical” kind of procrastination motivated simply by a task being

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