Daily Links #005

The Backfire Effect on us & the importance of wasting time


Backfire Effect

This is the neuroscience term for the situations when the more evidence we present to someone about a fact or an idea the less likely to believe in that they are.

The comic below explains why we soften only to some ideas and are lead to ignore all the present evidence and believe strongly in the opposite argument.

The psychological importance of wasting time

Some people (myself included, again!) get caught in a frenetic chase for productivity and when we manage to have some time to relax it comes with guilt and the sensation of wasting our time.

This article explains why acting like that doesn’t work to boost our productivity.