Sunday Wisdom No. 31
The Feynman Technique—income v neighbours—why books don't work—on UK's coronavirus policy—coronavirus scars—coronavirus and societal risks—it's easier said than done—move with the beat
Hope you are engaged in interesting activities during this lockdown. If you have picked up old hobbies, or if you are learning something new, do share with me.
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📝 What I Wrote
In the last two editions of Sunday Wisdom, I wrote about what real knowledge really comprises of and the most common logical fallacies we should avoid. Today I’m going to talk about a learning technique inspired by Richard Feynman’s learning methods.
The Feynman Technique: The Ultimate Guide to Learn Anything
Feynman is known as “The Great Explainer.” Unlike most scientists, he did not prefer to write his knowledge down on paper. Instead, he used verbal communication as the foundation for the majority of his published works.
Apart from that, Feynman used cartoonish diagrams to explain highly scientific principles. He could easily tap into complex ideas using shapes, lines, and drawings. This method helped him strip away the confusing language and permitted the power of storytelling to take precedence.
💡 An Idea For You
If you’ve good income and no desire to impress your neighbours, you’ll get rich pretty fast.
📑 I Enjoyed Reading
Why Books Don’t Work — “Human progress in the era of mass communication makes clear that some readers really do absorb deep knowledge from books, at least some of the time. So why do books seem to work for some people sometimes? Why does the medium fail when it fails?”
The UK’s Coronavirus Policy May Sound Scientific. It Isn’t — “The error in the UK is on two levels—modelling and policymaking.”
Wounds Heal, Scars Last — “We’ll recover from COVID-19, however long it takes. Stores will reopen, businesses will rebuild. The wounds will heal just like they did after September 11th. But what about the scars?”
Covid-19, the Evil Genius, and How to Think about Societal Risks — “How much risk of loss of life people are willing to accept likely depends on how one asks the question.”
🤔 Worth Thinking About
If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottages princes’ palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.
— William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
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