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April 8, 2020

Do you know what your most important values are? Even those of us who have thought carefully about what matters to us might not be aware of all the things we personally believe are valuable. Our free program, the Intrinsic Values Test, gets right to the heart of these questions, helping you to discover your own unique intrinsic values and what they say about you - check it out here!

Some of our regular users might have noticed that this progr...

March 19, 2020

In the coming weeks and months, the COVID-19 pandemic may cause you to spend a lot more time at home than you are used to. It can be challenging to spend so much time at home, and to avoid being physically close to others, especially if you’re experiencing more anxiety than usual or if you can’t stick to your regular work routine. So what meaningful things can you do during that time?
 
Here's our list of 40 meaningful activities you can do...

March 3, 2020

How worried should you be about COVID-19 (also known as the "novel coronavirus disease" or "2019-nCov"), and should you start preparing for a potential pandemic?

I do not want to be alarmist. At the time of this writing – Tuesday, February 25 – the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend taking specific steps towards preparing for widespread coronavirus outbreaks in the United States. (Click here for a list of the...

Reality can sometimes be scary. Do you find yourself in a frequent state of worry about the world? Or are there elements in your work or personal life that cause you substantial anxiety? Below you will find a set of questions we created to help you determine useful responses to your anxious thoughts, with the goal of helping you cope with stressful situations.

Image source: Atlas of Emotions 

Some psychologists class anxiety as a kind of fear...

January 1, 2020

Happy New Year! The past year has been our busiest yet at ClearerThinking, with lots of new, valuable programs for you to use. In case you missed any of it, we’ve compiled a quick summary of the free tests and tools we released this year. They are designed to help you better understand yourself, become happier, improve your critical thinking, and better detect misleading information. Keep reading to try out the newest programs that might hav...

December 23, 2019

Chances are that you have a few positive habits you’d like to form. Maybe you’d like to start  exercising daily. Or, perhaps you want to spend a little time each day learning something new and useful. While our lives can improve if we form positive habits like these, it can be hard to make them stick.

There are plenty of techniques out there that may improve your chances for having a habit stick. But it’s not clear which of these work, if any...

December 18, 2019

News organizations, companies, and politicians are constantly making arguments about what they think you should or shouldn't believe. But can you tell which of these arguments are strong, and which arguments are worth ignoring? To find out, try our new "Can You Detect Weak Arguments?" quiz that we've just launched. It checks your ability to cut through misleading rhetoric and combat your own biases.

Do you properly vet arguments you’re presen...

December 4, 2019

Are you deciding on a new career path, or reflecting on your current career and where it's headed? Sometimes we make career decisions based on guesses or gut feeling, and we’re actually lacking important information about whether a specific career path or job opportunity is right for us. With that in mind, we’ve combed through 80,000 Hours' new career guide to pull out some of the information that’s most valuable when making decisions about...

October 30, 2019

Are there simple, quick, and easy-to-learn habits that you can incorporate into your life to make yourself meaningfully happier? The ClearerThinking.org team recently explored this question by means of a longitudinal study. Our research led to the creation of Building Happiness Habits, a tool for improving daily mood with minimal effort. (If you've come here from the tool itself, welcome!)

In this post, we’ll go over the details of our study,...

October 16, 2019

Every day each of us makes judgments about the future in the face of uncertainty. These judgments can have a huge impact on our lives, so it’s really important that we make them as accurately as possible. But what can you do if you have limited information about the future? Well, the Open Philanthropy Project commissioned us to create a new web app that helps you practice making predictions, with the goal of honing your ability to make accur...

September 25, 2019

Truth and existence are surprisingly complex concepts. The closer you examine them, the more complex they reveal themselves to be. What do we really mean when we make a claim like “this painting is not art” or “everything is subjective”? What exactly do we mean when we say “the color red” exists or that numbers exist? Philosophical questions like these are notoriously difficult to pin down precisely. We want to make it easier.

With that in m...

September 4, 2019

Some people say you should "trust in your gut", while other people argue that analytic thinking is better. Who is right? To answer this question, ClearerThinking founder Spencer Greenberg recently gave a TEDx talk on the role of intuition in decision-making. If you want to find out when you should rely on instinct instead of reflection, check out the instructive video here!

The talk presents a new decision-making framework that can easil...

August 21, 2019

How much do you value credentials when judging the opinions of others? Do you give them too much deference – or too little? Measure the value you place on diplomas and degrees with this quick new quiz!

Whether a person has formal expert status in a field can be an important factor in how much we trust them, and what kinds of opinions we think it is appropriate for them to express. It's important to know how much evidence formal credentials pr...

August 6, 2019

To what extent are you a “skeptic” of information, and a “seeker” of new ideas? You can take our newly-launched mini-test to find out! Skeptical Seekers measures two personality traits which we think are really important for discovering true things about the world: “skepticism” and “seekingness”. Click here to take the test!

Having accurate beliefs requires a combination of skepticism in the face of new information, and seeking new perspectiv...

July 17, 2019

Enhancing your critical thinking can have a lot of benefits, including developing a clearer picture of reality, becoming a more informed citizen, and making better life decisions. We often hear about "critical thinking", but what is it, really, and how do you know if you’re practising it? This post will cover some of the key components of critical thinking for anyone who wants to improve their reasoning. 

We're also excited to announce that t...

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