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Core Mental Models

  1. The map of reality is not reality. Even the best maps are imperfect. That’s because they are reductions of what they represent. If a map were to represent the territory with perfect fidelity, it would no longer be a reduction and thus would no longer be useful to us. A map can also be a snapshot of a point in time, representing something that no longer exists.
  2. When ego and not competence drives what we undertake, we have blind spots. If you know what you understand, you know where you have an edge over others. 
  3. First-principles thinking is one of the best ways to reverse-engineer difficult times

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Learning To Think Better

  1. The more models you have—the bigger your toolbox—the more likely you are to have the right models to see reality. It turns out that when it comes to improving your ability to make decisions variety matters.
  2. By default, a typical Engineer will think in systems. A psychologist will thi...

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  1. Occam’s Razor, a classic principle of logic and problem-solving. Instead of wasting your time trying to disprove complex scenarios, you can make decisions more confidently by basing them on the explanation that has the fewest moving parts.
  2. Hanlon’s Razor states that we should not att...

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Core Mental Models- Continued

  1. Thought experiments are powerful because they help us learn from our mistakes and avoid future ones. They let us take on the impossible, evaluate the potential consequences of our actions, and re-examine history to make better decisions. 
  2. Second-order thinking is thinking farther ahe...

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