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First Principles Thinking

First Principles Thinking

Is the act of deconstructing something to the fundamental parts that you know are true and building up from there.

Also called reasoning from first principles, it effectively helps many great thinkers (or entrepreneurs like Elon) to break down complicated problems and generate original solutions while teaching how to think for oneself.

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Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

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