• Risk

    Risk is at the heart of poker. You might win it all. You might lose it all. But nobody succeeds without taking it. The trick is to understand that internal calculus. Analyze and understand it to the point where the cliff from which you’re jumping feels safe.     

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    How Your Heart Influences What You Perceive and Fear

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine‘s Abstractions blog. We consider the brain the very center of who we are and what we do: ruler of our senses, master of our movements; generator of thought, keeper of memory. But the brain is also rooted in a body, and the connection between the two goes both ways. […]

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    Horror Fans Have More Fun During a Pandemic

    Why shows like “The Walking Dead” might help us cope with the real thing.

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    Mars Is a Second-Rate Backup Plan

    On the red planet, existential threats abound.

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    The Greatest Journey of All Time

    How the first Americans made their way from Siberia to Patagonia.

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    Do We Need a Theory of Everything?

    I get constantly asked if I could please comment on other people’s theories of everything. That could be Garrett Lisi’s E8 theory or Eric Weinstein’s geometric unity or Stephen Wolfram’s idea that the universe is but a big graph, and so on. Good, then. Let me tell you what I think about this. But I’m […]

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    The Contagion Detective

    Adam Kucharski explains how diseases like COVID-19 and misinformation spread.

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    The Damage We’re Not Attending To

    Scientists who study complex systems offer solutions to the pandemic.

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    The Things We Can’t Control Are Beautiful

    How Maria Konnikova found enlightenment at the poker table.

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    What I Learned from Losing $200 Million

    The 2008 financial crisis taught me about the illusion of control, and how to give it up.