I had just turned 40, and for the very first time I heard the expression, “Thinking is a skill.”

I thought, “If thinking is a skill, then how come no one ever mentioned it to me?”

My parents never mentioned it. My high school never mentioned it. My college never…

Do you ever feel like someone’s argument is wrong, but you can’t say exactly why? Maybe you don’t know how to formulate counter-arguments. Maybe you can’t tell the difference between a strong argument and a weak argument, or a bad argument and a good argument. …

Sometimes people think something is a design flaw, but it’s really a design feature.

Let’s pretend that you are new to Gmail. As a new user, you find yourself complaining about the five-second delay in sending email messages and you call it a bug-a flaw in the software. However, after…

Suppose I ask you to multiply two large numbers-say 12,653 and 65,321. How would you get the correct answer? You’d probably use a calculator or the good old multiplication algorithm you learned as a kid. …

People always said I was a calm guy. I never got angry or raised my voice. But it all changed when my daughter turned 3.

Like many 3-year-olds, she was testing her limits. She would flat out ignore me when I told her to do something, or she would look…

I had a near-death experience. I was on a train to meet some friends outside Paris. People were getting on and off at various stops, and eventually, there were only two of us. The other guy was wearing a sleeveless jean jacket with worn-out biker boots. His knuckles were tattooed…

We all crave sugar.

Humans need sugar to live, so evolution gave us the craving for it. Sugar was relatively scarce in the environment in which humans evolved, so our metabolism adapted to convert excess calories from sugar quickly and efficiently into fat.

Fast forward 100,000 years: sugar is now…

My friend Gullible and I were having a discussion:

Gullible: “I heard from Andrew Yang that universal income is the best solution to fight poverty.”

Me: “Why do you believe that?”

Gullible: “Yang is successful and famous, so he must be right.”

This is a common informal fallacy called “The…

Vishal Sharma

I write about How to Think Independently. Learn to: Avoid costly mistakes, make better decisions, and defend your ideas. www.thinkbuthow.com

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