Juggling act

Of pride and prejudice: Inside the human mind

Our brains have limited processing power—even though we think we can juggle 10 different tasks at a time. On top of that, we are prone to delusions of grandeur. The second instalment of the Simplicity Paradigm explores the fallout of these mental limitations

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If you were a teenager in the 1990s, you may remember En Vogue’s chart-topping song which went “Free your mind and the rest will follow”. Western philosophy has celebrated the past three centuries or so—the modern era, if you will—as the freeing of the human mind. (The 18th century, for instance, is known as the…

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