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Number 4: cognitive upkeep
Have you ever heard the phrase it's just like riding a bike it means you never really forget how to do something, people often believe once is enough that their skills will stick around for years whether they practice or not but even riding a bike isn't really like riding a bike there are some parts of your body that will remember how to balance pedal and steer even if you haven't ridden for ten years you won't have to relearn the basics but you won't be good at it either you'll feel wobbly and out of control you'll wonder how you were so good at it as a kid when you can barely do it now your physical and cognitive abilities need regular exercise to stay sharp and capable if you're not regularly using them they'll fade the guarantee you stay good at something consistent practice is the best thing you can do whether it's math dancing or playing video games regular rehearsal will keep your talents intact.
Number 5: the Barnum effect
School teaches you how to be logical but we are full of contradictions, educated or not you consistently make unreasonable assumptions and uphold absurd biases, you can argue you're a rational person but, let me ask you this, when your food looks better doesn't it taste better too, if someone's better looking than you do they seem more confident, when a magician read your mind are you surprised by how accurate they are, these probably sound like three very different questions however they all point toward the same kind of mistake when searching for answers we aren't focused on the truth we're looking for someone to tell us what we want to hear we're more willing to believe a lie or perceive something that isn't there simply because we want it to be true, this idea is captured by the Barnum effect which is named after the famous showman PT Barnum he didn't actually come up with this theory but he did make a living off of it he popularized the idea that people see what they want to see his shows were filled with a V Sly's yet people were still fascinated by his productions all he had to do was convince them that he was a reputable source, in the modern world personality tests are one of the best examples of the Barnum effect after answering a few generic questions these tests claim they can offer some insight into who you are but what are they really saying about 99% of the time the same results could apply to just about everyone their general enough to give every person something to latch on to that isn't to say that all personality tests are bogus or that every performer is just lying to their audience but the next time your mind is boggled by a fortune cookie just take a step back and ask yourself am I just seeing what I want to see.
Number 6: a small world
Have you ever played the game six degrees of Kevin Bacon, this game comes from the idea that everyone is on average six degrees apart, in this case, a degree is anyone you know whether it's a family member or someone you went to kindergarten with, there's something most people don't realize about this game it's actually based on real research, it stems from a study run by an infamous psychologist named Stanley Milgram, in his small world experiment he connected people in Massachusetts to complete strangers in Nebraska on average it took only 5.2 connections or six if you round up so what does this mean well for some people a single school neighborhood or city can feel like a massive and diverse place but maybe the world is a lot smaller than you think.
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