Sunday Wisdom No. 28
Thinking in bets—failure is part of success—parasite in real life—the atheist delusion—how to write usefully—creativity and uncertainty—improvements since the 90s
|Abhishek||Mar 8|| 1|
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📝 What I Wrote
In the last two editions of Sunday Wisdom, I talked about the two categories of random events and building virtuous feedback loops. Today I’m going to talk about a simple framework to force you to think closely, and thereby avoid a lot of errors.
Thinking in Bets: A Simple Framework to Vet Ideas And Destroy Misbeliefs
In his book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari talks about how our language has evolved as a way of gossiping. Even today the vast majority of human communication—whether in the form of emails, phone calls or newspaper columns—is majorly gossip.
In the beginning, gossip gave us an advantage over apes, and thereby helped in the progress of Homo Sapiens. Later, gossip helped human beings form social groups and bands, and thereby helped in the progress of our civilisation. In practice, gossip is sometimes not very distinguishable from information, and most of the time hearsay becomes fact—that’s where lies the problem.
💡 An Idea For You
We need to accept the fact that we won’t always make the right decisions. We will royally screw up sometimes.
Understand that failure is not the opposite of success. It’s a part of success.
📑 I Enjoyed Reading
For Seoul’s Poor, Class Strife in ‘Parasite’ Is Daily Reality — “Like the family in the Oscar-winning film, many in Seoul’s so-called dirt-spoon class dwell in basements far below the rich. ‘Those living up there must look down on people like me like pigs.’”
The Atheist Delusion — “An atmosphere of moral panic surrounds religion. Viewed not so long ago as a relic of superstition whose role in society was steadily declining, it is now demonised as the cause of many of the world's worst evils. As a result, there has been a sudden explosion in the literature of proselytising atheism.”
How to Write Usefully — “What should an essay be? Many people would say persuasive. That's what a lot of us were taught essays should be. But I think we can aim for something more ambitious: that an essay should be useful.”
🤔 Worth Thinking About
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
— Erich Fromm
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