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April 21, 2022

Quest for Certainty!

Quest for Certainty!

Uncertainty is at the base of a lot of peoples’ stress. The human brain tries to solve the puzzle of uncertainty, and it can sometimes generate a lot of creative thinking to enroll us to find certainty. Let’s have a playful conversation about the brain’s quest…for certainty, huzzah!


In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The benefits and challenges of a “certainty seeking” brain
  • How to find sneaky ways your brain’s quest for certainty are distracting you from your goals
  • How to use this cognitive feature to your benefit!


Resources mentioned: 

  • “To Be Energy-Efficient, Brains Predict Their Perceptions” (Quanta Magazine, Nov 2021)
  • “The brain is a prediction machine: It knows how well we are doing something before we even try” (Experimental Psychology, May 2021)
  • “Your Brain Predicts (Almost) Everything You Do” (Mindful, April 2021)
  • “Robert Burton on Being Certain” (EconTalk podcast, May 2019)
  • “Certainty in Our Choices Often a Matter of Time, Researchers Find” (NYU/New York University research news release, Dec 2014)
  • “A Hunger for Certainty” (Psychology Today, Oct 2009)
  • “The Certainty Bias: A Potentially Dangerous Mental Flaw” (Scientific American, Oct 2008)
  • And…the YouTube video containing the snippet about the holy hand grenade from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”


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