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Elon Musk

"It is important to view knowledge as sort of semantic tree

Make sure you understand the fundamental principles, ie the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.

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Elon Musk

"Well, I do think there’s a good framework for thinking. It is physics. You know, the sort of first principles reasoning

(...) What I mean by that is, boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there, as opposed to reasoning by analogy.

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Elon Musk's 3 Steps Principle Thinking

Elon Musk's 3 Steps Principle Thinking

  1. Identify and define your current assumptions: When next you’re faced with a familiar problem or challenge, write down your current assumptions about them.
  2. Breakdown the problem into its fundamental principles: These fundamental principles are basic...

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First Principle Vs. Analog Thinking

  • First principles thinking: actively questioning every assumption you think you know about a given problem or scenario  and then creating new knowledge and solutions from scratch.
  • Reasoning by analogy: building knowledge and solving problems based ...

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First Principles Thinking In Action

Assumption: “I just can’t find enough time to workout and achieve my weight loss goals.”

First principles thinking:

  • What do you really need to reach your weight loss goal? I need to exercise more, preferably 5 days a week for an hour ...

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Mortimer Adler

“The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.”

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ELON Musk

"It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, like the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to"

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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.
  • Optimization: a fundamental component could be changed, to improve and idea or product.
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Elon Musk

"… it's important to reason from first principles rather than by analogy. The normal way we conduct our lives is we reason by analogy. We are doing this because it's like something else that was done, or it is like what other people are doing. But with first principles, you boil things down t...

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