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The Cognitive Upsides of Uncertainty

Today uncertainty is a keystone, a mantra, a lament of our times, yet few understand the critical role that epistemic or psychological uncertainty plays in our cognitive lives. Being unsure, ie not-knowing, is a gadfly to higher-order thinking, a stepping stone to resilience, and a lever to finding the tempo and space we need to ponder and muse! My recent Boston Globe essay on this topic went viral around the world. It was featured as a “Best of the Foreign Press” by Le Monde’s Courrier weekly magazine and headlined as top science news by Nature Briefing, a daily round-up of the world’s best science journalism. The story “struck a chord with readers,” who called the article “wise and courageous” and “powerful and provocative,” the Boston Globe noted.

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