China Daily

"Wu Daohuai, director of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security's department of employment promotion, said entrepreneurs should be more rational in their business startups.

"Not everyone has the ability to launch a startup and not all entrepreneurs succeed. It needs basic competency and willingness. People should be rational in their judgments of themselves and analysis of the market," he said."

—Hou Liqiang, Rationality Essential For New Startups

The Wall Street Journal

"Can "goal factoring" help you keep your New Year's resolution? "Goal factoring," a method of designing better plans, is one of the techniques taught by the Center for Applied Rationality, which hosts three-day workshops that teach attendees how to use science-based approaches to achieve goals. A November workshop in Ossining, N.Y., instructed 23 participants on how thinking about one's future self as a different person can help goal-setting and why building up an "emotional library" of associations can reduce procrastination. CFAR, a Berkeley, Calif.-based nonprofit, is prominent in the growing "rationality movement," which explores the science of optimized decision-making."

— Angela Chen, More Rational Resolutions

The New York Times


"Most self-help appeals to us because it promises real change without much real effort, a sort of fad diet for the psyche. ("The Four-Hour Workweek," "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.") By the magical-thinking standards of the industry, then, CFAR’s focus on science and on tiresome levels of practice can seem almost radical. It has also generated a rare level of interest among data-driven tech people and entrepreneurs who see personal development as just another optimization problem, if a uniquely central one."

— Jennifer Khan, The Happiness Code


Life Hacker

"A few psychological tricks that will help you best your brain and form new, more helpful habits. For advice on recrafting tempting situations into opportunities to exercise self-control, we spoke to Julia Galef, president and cofounder of the Center for Applied Rationality, and Syble Solomon, executive coach and creator of Money Habitudes, a game-like set of cards which helps start conversations about money."

— Allison Kade, Six Times We Blow More Money Than We Should (and How to Stop)


Fast Company

"On a daily basis, CFAR staff goes through reams of cognitive science research to learn about the latest trends in the field. They also take existing techniques, drawing from sources as diverse as religious traditions and modern day self-help gurus, then subject these methods to rigorous testing."

— Elizabeth Segran, Inside The Rationality Movement That Has Silicon Valley Buzzing With Positive Thinking