Financial Geekery

August 25, 2019

What does "working towards your financial goals" even look like? Let's talk about that.

July 14, 2019

Mindful of our emotions and biases, let's talk about some approaches to debt management.

April 7, 2019

As any statistician will tell you, just because there's randomness in the system doesn't mean we can't make plans around it. Moreover, we can use our "certainty of uncertainty" to our advantage.

February 10, 2019

It was a scene straight out of The Graduate.

December 30, 2018

We engineers tend to fall to a particularly pernicious form of overconfidence due to the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

October 21, 2018

We can maximize our chances of a good outcome, but the fact is that wise decisions and good outcomes don't always go hand-in-hand. This leads us to an interesting puzzle: how do we judge a financial decision apart from his outcome?

June 25, 2018

Since tech professionals are by definition knowledge workers, we tend to be smart people. As smart people, we're subject to the Engineer Syllogism -- our confidence in our intelligence can lead us into trouble! That said, if we can maintain awareness of our cogniti...

June 11, 2018

As engineers, one of our greatest weaknesses is a blindness to our own irrationality. We tend to think that we view the world through a uniquely analytical lens, and are immune to the cognitive biases that plague humanity.

Nope, nope, nope.

Moreover, our cognitive biases...

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