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First Principles

A first principle is the fundamental building block of an idea, the most indivisible part that we know to be true and that we can use to build more complex thought...

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Not A New Idea

Thinking from first principles is not a new idea. It's actually the single most consistent factor among great thinkers.

For example, Aristotle believed ...

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Reason And Experience

An empiricist is a person that believed all true knowledge is based and obtained through experience.

The process of seeking knowledge through experience and making use of reason to give it st...

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Conventional and unconventional thinkers

  • Conventional thinkers: their knowledge consists of proof that is on display.
  • Unconventional thinkers: they use experience and reason ...

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The Art Of First Principles Thinking

Once a first principle is understood, we can look and improve each component (from the simple to the more complex) of a subject or a product.

If every part...

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Benefits of First Principles Thinking

  • Innovation: once you understand the fundamentals of an idea, you can change and rearrange them to create new ideas and products.
  • Optimiza...

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Become A First Principles Thinker

Write down and organize information. Create hierarchies and mind maps.

Most ideas are nested outside or inside one another. You have to learn to map out h...

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