Farnam Street’s Great Mental Models

“So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.” — The Golden Rule as expressed in Matthew 7:12 Hanlon’s Razor advises us to give others the benefit

The Case for Balanced Skepticism

Social norms govern how individuals interact with each other and with society at large. Many norms have been incorporated into legal systems but most continue to be informal conventions. A significant percentage of the population will fail to adhere to

The Financial Illiteracy Epidemic

Money cannot guarantee happiness but grinding poverty can almost certainly guarantee misery. It is difficult to be happy when you know, in the back of your mind, that you are one small misfortune away from being unable to pay next

Here’s to the Crazy Ones

It is Friday afternoon, around 4:30 pm, and Dan just got back to his desk from a meeting. He sees Janet, his manager’s boss, drinking coffee nearby. Dan’s son goes to the same school as Janet’s daughter and he has

The Paradox of Trust

“We have listened to the wisdom of an old Russian maxim, doveryai, no proveryai â€“ trust, but verify.”   — Ronald Reagan Trust is the foundation of society. Without a basic level of trust regarding the intentions and expected behavior of other human beings, our modern civilization would very quickly disintegrate into total chaos. If you

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