8 Lessons From Statistics That Can Change Your Life

Most people hate statistics. I used to teach statistics for undergraduate students, and no one liked the class, no matter how hard I tried to make it interesting. (Maybe my examples from Saved by the Bell and Seinfeld were too outdated.) One thing I always tried to do was connect statistics …

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

I recently finished reading an interesting book called The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. The book offers a unique perspective on a problem that many of us struggle with every day. The basic idea behind the book is that we spend too much time and …

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Alternative Facts: The Ultimate Merger of Fact and Story

The term alternative facts has been a hot topic in the current presidency. The phrase was coined by Kellyanne Conway during a Meet the Press interview in January 2017, in which she defended Sean Spicer’s statement about the attendance numbers of Donald Trump’s inauguration. When challenged during the interview about …

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3 Reasons to Stop Judging Other People

I remember hanging out with some people, and I found myself judging them in my heart. They were different from me, I thought they were awkward, and I didn’t agree with some of the choices they were making. Judging other people is a bad deal. When you judge someone, you create …

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Eric Trump, Kathy Griffin, and the Dehumanization of Politics

Eric Trump appeared on Sean Hannity last night and sharply criticized Democrats who opposed his father, saying “they’re not even people.” Oh politics, how far we have fallen. Instead of pushing forward substantive policies and engaging in meaningful dialogue about important issues, we spend our time in an echo chamber …

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Humble vs. Self-Righteous Religion

Religion can be healthy or unhealthy. One key factor differentiating the two is the extent to which religion promotes humility or self-righteousness. In other words, does religion help me focus on myself, and how great I am, or does religion help me focus on loving and serving others and God? …

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The Rules of Improv and Difficult Dialogues

We live in a society that has a lot of different kinds of people. These differences enrich our lives and make them more interesting, but differences can also make things challenging. Take a minute and think about our last presidential election. Were you able to have productive conversations and dialogue with those …

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