Reflective Urgency: How to Act Quickly and Think Critically (Harvard Business Review)

In order to combine critical thinking with efficient action, one must practice reflective urgency. By identifying what limits quality thinking time, focusing on the right priorities, and avoiding extreme tilts, one will be able to end counterproductive habits. Read more in Harvard Business Review.

Bohemians Unite: It’s All About the #Vanlife Social Media Movement (New Yorker)

ArtVanFoster Huntington, former Ralph Lauren designer, traded in his day job for a 1987 Volkswagen Syncro and a lifetime of adventures. Huntington has acquired millions of Instagram followers using his hashtag “vanlife,” crafting a bohemian lifestyle that has inspired a social media movement.

The hashtag embodies a revived American interest in road trips and hippie-culture, as well as a rejection of the typical workplace. It is also a successful marketing technique.  Read more in The New Yorker.

The Limits of Reason: Why Facts Don’t Always Change Our Minds (New Yorker)

The New Yorker examines various Stanford experiments concerning perception and reality, particularly one’s ability to reason after facts change. The studies proved the limits of human reason and the futility of facts to change minds. Cognitive scientists Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber analyze why reasonable people act irrationally in their book, Enigma of Reason.

Evolutionarily, reason developed to aid cooperation, rather than to solve abstract or logical problems. Thus, humans are prone to confirmation biases, dismissing contradictory evidence after opinions are formed. Read more in The New Yorker.

Do You Know These Two Techniques to Make You a Better Arguer? (Vox)

ArguingMost people, according to Vox, are bad at arguing. The human brain aims to seek information that corroborates its own beliefs and understandings.

Studies show that to ensure a more successful discussion, one must work to understand what arguments his or her opponent finds convincing. Ultimately, the most important strategy is to listen. Read more.