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AREA Method: Spotting False Stories

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In life things are not always as they seem. But in today’s fast paced world we tend to rush to judgement. We let assumptions and biases guide our actions and our perception of the world. War provides a stark example of the false stories that we accept all too quickly and with deadly consequences. For example, The New York Times…

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AREA Method: Kernels of Truth

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Recently I read an article on the Farnam Street blog called Incentives Gone Wrong: Cobras, Severed Hands and Shea Butter that recounts two historical events that nicely demonstrate the importance of perspective-taking. The author writes: “During British colonial rule of India, the government began to worry about the number of venomous cobras in Delhi, and so instituted a reward for…

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AREA Method: David Brook’s ‘Choice Explosion’ Explains Why Good Decision-Making Is in Short Supply

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David Brooks wrote an editorial this week for The New York Times about the “choice explosion” that’s taken place over the last 30 years. He writes that we have “more choices over more things than any other culture in human history” whether it is choosing between a diverse group of foods, news outlets, lifestyles and/or identities. His point: Making decisions…

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AREA Method: A Novel of Ideas

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I read in a newspaper article this week that this year is the 150th anniversary of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece Crime and Punishment.  I first read this gripping novel in high school, but now, decades later, I still recall it vividly. And I’m obviously not alone. This classic was so popular when it first came out after the destitute Dostoyevsky feverishly…

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Welcome To The AREA Method

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Welcome to my new website dedicated to the AREA Method. Each month in this space I will write about my work as a consultant, journalist and teacher, how the AREA Method has played out for others and about research articles that discuss aspects of decision making, process, cognitive biases, learning, perspective-taking and more. Why spend time on decision-making? Because even…

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