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Confucius

"A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake".

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Seeking Wisdom

Seeking Wisdom

by Peter Bevelin

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We Can’t Eliminate Mistakes

... but we can prevent those that can really hurt us. If we understand what influences us, we might avoid certain traps and understand why others act like they do.

And if we...

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“It is our brain, its anatomy, physiology and biochemistry and how these parts function that set the limits for how we think. But since our brain’s parts also interact with our body’s anatomy, ...

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  • The theory behind evolution is that all individuals alive today have evolved from simpler, more primitive forms of life
  • There is fossil, anatomical and molecular

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Cultural Evolution
  • It relates to the practices, methods, tools, myths, ethics, and social norms that are important in the evolution of our behavior. Customs that we learn from the experience of...

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“There is always some background within which behavior makes sense. Behavior can’t be seen as rational or irrational independent of context. We are created with a series of emotions that are ap...

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  • Bias from mere association seeing situations as identical because they seem similar.
  • Self-serving bias: Overly positive view of our abilities and futu...

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  • Underestimating the power of rewards and punishment
  • Valuing the present more highly than the future.
  • Over-influence by vivid or the mo...

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When We Fail To Understand Causes

This translate into:

  • Not understanding what causes desired results.
  • Believing cause resembles its effect – that a big effect must have a big ...

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  • Underestimating that surprises and improbable events happen, somewhere, sometimes, to someone, if they have enough opportunities (large enough size or time) to happen.

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  • A model is an idea that helps us better understand how the world works. Models illustrate consequences and answer questions like ‘why’ and ‘how’.
  • A valuable model prod...

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“Words, definitions, propositions, statements, or goals don’t tell us anything. We need to understand what they mean. It is the same with knowledge. Knowledge is only valuable if it’s useful an...

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  • Filters help us prioritize and figure out what makes sense. When we know what we want, we need criteria to evaluate alternatives. Ask: What are the most critical (and knowabl...

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Simplification And Decision Making
  • Make problems easier to solve. Turn complicated problems into simpler ones. Eliminate everything except the essentials. Break down a problem into its components but look at t...

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  • Clearly defined
  • Focused on results
  • Realistic and logical
  • Measurable
  • Tailored to our individual needs
  • Subject to change.

Meaningful g...

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Evidence
  • Evidence helps us prove what is likely to happen or likely to be true or false. Evidence comes from facts, observations, experiences, comparisons, and experiments.

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  • Whenever we try to achieve a goal, solve problems, predict what is likely to happen or likely to be true or false, we should think things through backwards.
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  • Part of avoiding misjudgments and improving our lives is having the right attitude toward life.
  • Since people are different, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy. W...

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Charlie Munger

"I believe in the discipline of mastering the best that other people have ever figured out. I don't believe in just sitting down and trying to dream it all up yourself. Nobody's that smart."

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