The Best of Farnam Street February 2013

Thanks again for sharing and tweeting. Here is a look at some of the things we learned:

How People Learn
The teachers, unquestionably experts in their subjects, are not improving the learning outcomes: students are not learning the concepts. How can this be and what can we do about it?

Gaming the System
Some college students used game theory to get an A by exploiting a loophole in the grading curve. But isn’t exploiting a loophole a form of game theory — What’s best for you, the individual (or in this case, a small group), may not be best for society.

The Psychology of Human Misjudgment
An audio copy of Charlie Munger’s famous 1995 talk on the psychology of human misjudgment.

Relax! You’ll be More Productive
There is too much to do and not enough time. Paradoxically, more and more research leads us to believe that the best way to get more done is to spend more time doing less.

The Path of Amateurs
Author Robert Greene talks about what separates amateurs and masters.

How to Make Better Decisions
Baba Shiv demystifies the brain chemistry that controls our decision making, and explains how you can regulate it to make better decisions. He also answers the question, “Is it better to make decisions in the morning or the afternoon?”

The Psychology Of The To-Do List
Ten years after David Allen’s bestselling productivity book Getting Things Done, scientific research caught up. We now know why the system is so popular and so effective.

One Persuasion Technique Everyone Should Know
Which persuasion technique, based on psychological research, is most practical, can easily be used by anyone in almost any circumstances and has been consistently shown to work?

Mastery
At its core, Mastery is a simple process accessible to all of us. But before you start down the path, you need to bring two traits to the table: the relentless ability to focus deeply on a subject and a strong desire to learn.