- The Map Is Not the Territory
- Inversion: The Crucial Thinking Skill Nobody Ever Taught You
- Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful
- The Pursuit of Worldly Wisdom
- Present bias: how instant gratification impacts your long-term goals
Discover how the smartest people in the world use a latticework of mental models to make better decisions, avoid problems, and achieve better results.
Learn how to think better with a guide on decision-making frameworks, cognitive biases, mental models, and tools for thought.
«metacognitive skills allow people to bring their thought processes to the foreground, so they can be analysed, and potentially improved.»
Mental models are shortcuts for reasoning. They are a set of ideas and beliefs that we consciously or unconsciously form based on our experiences to shape our representation of how the world works.…
«In scientific research, validity is the extent to which a concept is accurately measured. To put it simply: are we measuring the right thing?»
The present bias is our tendency to seize short-term opportunities, settling for a small present reward rather than waiting for a larger future reward.
«staying mindful of your long-term goals so you don’t fall prey to the dangers of instant gratification»
Tit for tat is a strategy which, according to game theory, is the most effective choice for iterated games based on mutual cooperation or defection.
«Under tit for tat, a player will begin by cooperating, then in subsequent iterations will replicate whatever their opponent did last time.»
What better way to learn than to learn about learning? These mental models for learning will help you stay curious and progressing.
«The circle of competence is an essential tool to understanding your limitations. Thus, find the best way to learn and improve your knowledge.»
When should you hold 'em and when should you fold 'em? Use this set of decision-making tools to help you identify when it’s time to move on and find the courage to do so.
One of the best ways to solve problems in life is to use the mental model of inversion. Read this article to learn how to become a better thinker today.
«Imagine the most important goal or project you are working on right now. Now fast forward six months and assume the project or goal has failed.»
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…
«A model might show you some risks, but not the risks of using it. Moreover, models are built on a finite set of parameters, while reality affords us infinite sources of risks.»
Ten central ideas to keep in mind whenever you need to learn anything new.
«How much you’re able to learn depends on what you already know. Research finds that the amount of knowledge retained from a text depends on prior knowledge of the topic»
Charlie Munger explains how worldly wisdom can help you go further and faster than experts. You don't need to outwork if you can outsmart.
«From each discipline the thoughtful person draws significant mental models, the key ideas that combine to produce a cohesive understanding»
Update: Since this post came out, I co-authored a book about it called Super Thinking. Get notified about book updates here (currently…
«you can learn through coursework, mentorship, or first-hand experience.»
Charlie Munger's famous lecture on the art of stock picking as a subdivision of the art of worldly wisdom.
«So occasionally, scaling down and intensifying gives you a big advantage. Bigger is not always better.»
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