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How Thinking Works

How Thinking Works

A simple model of the mind has three parts.

  • The collection of all the knowledge you've built up in your life - Long Term Memory
  • The sights, sounds in the situation around you - Sensory Memory
  • The Working Memory - This is where elements from long-term memory and the environment are combined to understand and interact with the world ~ Thinking

Thoughts from this process that transfer to long-term memory for future use can be considered learning.

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Where Does Learning Fall Apart?

When you're trying to learn something new,

1. Limited Long-Term Memory - when you don't have enough related knowledge to support the new topic. Energy is spent on learning the basics (like googling new terms), making it frustrating. Common engagement techniques like Visual Demonstrations, Jokes, or Personal Stories can provide a learning environment (also provide distractions).

2. Distractions - can shift focus away from the core goal of learning.

3. Structuring Learning Process - Applying learned knowledge to the world, and being overwhelmed by curiosity.

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3 Steps to Combat Feeling Behind

Humans are a competitive species, comparing ourselves to others. In the age of the internet and early specialization, you can quickly feel left behind.

Here’s how to fix that:

  1. Spend less time on social media or change the way you think about social media.
  2. Practice gratitude journaling 3-4 times a week. Those who do it have reported feeling less envy, less stress and more happy.
  3. Set intrinsic goals, spending time on what you enjoy or on what motivates or makes your curious.

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Money & Personal Sovereignty

Sovereignty is directly linked to power. A king or a state are sovereign through the power they can exert on your body. But we tend to think that our minds are free from any intervention and that we can maintain our sovereignty.

Money matters, in this situation, because they represent our thoughts turning into action. They are also a form of speech because the value of money reflects our daily interactions. When a ruler maintains power over money (like modern states) they deny our rights to free thinking & to free speech.

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The Question (Josephus Problem)

100 people standing in a circle in an order 1 to 100.

No. 1 has a sword. He kills the next person (i.e. No. 2) and gives the sword to the next (i.e. No. 3). All people do the same until only 1 survives. Which number survives at the last?

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