Non-financial: April - June 2017 articles archive home
Be wrong
According to Ray Dalio: “People are so attached to being right, and yet could so easily find out how they’re wrong. If they just said to themseves, ‘I’m not sure that I’m right, and let me go find people who have alternative point of views.’
Friday, June 30, 2017 ... more
Ovarian lottery
Just imagine that it is 24 hours before you are born. A genie comes and says to you in the womb, you're going to emerge in 24 hours and it is an enormous responsibility I am going to assign to you — determination of the political, economic and social system into which you are going to emerge.
Friday, June 23, 2017 ... more
Problem with School
[Thankfully] most of what we learn before, during, and after school is learned without its being taught to us. A child learns how to walk, talk, eat, dress, and so on without being taught these things. Adults learn most of what they use at work or at leisure while at work or leisure.
Friday, June 9, 2017 ... more
Not dangerous
So-called thinking machines do not exist in nature. They are not created by evolution, competing to survive and reproduce. Life mostly seeks to sustain life, and so living things care about what happens. But computers don't care about anything.
Friday, June 2, 2017 ... more
@ Meetings
Adapted from the Cooper Review, 10 things you can do to make yourself look smart in meetings: 1. Draw a Venn diagram. It doesn’t matter if it’s wildly inaccurate, in fact the more inaccurate the better. Even before you put that marker down, your colleagues will begin fighting about what exactly the labels should say, how big the circles should be, etc.
Friday, May 26, 2017 ... more
Can't unlearn
unlearning is not how life works. We don’t unlearn first, and then learn something new. Life is always engaged in learning. Period. Whether we are conscious humans or wondrously adaptive bacteria, we are always engaged in taking in information and reacting to what we perceive
Thursday, May 18, 2017 ... more
Need to lie
Make no mistake: Pathological dishonesty is harmful … but dishonesty isn’t a categorical evil in practice. Not only is it minimally problematic in small doses, but most of us know how it can even be useful, as the phrase “white lie” indicates.
Friday, May 12, 2017 ... more
Freud was fond of explaining the ego by way of analogy – our ego was the rider on a horse, with our unconscious drives representing the animal while the ego tried to direct them. Modern psychologists tend to use the word “egotist” to refer to someone
Friday, May 5, 2017 ... more
In progressive societies the concentration[of wealth] may reach a point where the strength of number in the many poor rivals the strength of ability in the few rich; then the unstable equilibrium generates a critical situation, which history has diversely met by legislation redistributing wealth or by revolution distributing poverty.
Friday, April 28, 2017 ... more
People don’t like detours. Throughout the world we search for the fastest route, the closest parking spot — we optimize. Incremental modification, followed by evaluation and readjustment, guides us to solutions that maximize a desired criterion.
Friday, April 21, 2017 ... more
Any Holiday which starts with a “Good Friday” can’t be all bad. - Anon
Thursday, April 13, 2017 ... more
People talk about the dangers of rose-coloured glasses, but let me tell you, the lenses of self-doubt are far worse. They are nasty. Thick and filthy… they’re covered in swamp scum and mould - there’s like a family of snails living on them. And they’re nearly impossible to see past…
Friday, April 7, 2017 ... more
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