How to Think: The Skill You've Never Been Taught
No skill is more valuable than the ability to think. But how can we learn to think better? How can we avoid thinking poorly. Let's explore.
«Thinking means concentrating on one thing long enough to develop an idea about it. Not learning other people’s ideas, or memorizing a body of information, however much those may sometimes be useful.»
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Tit For Tat
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«Under tit for tat, a player will begin by cooperating, then in subsequent iterations will replicate whatever their opponent did last time.»
Math Makes Life Beautiful.
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«Being curious about the world helps us find solutions to problems by bringing new knowledge to bear on old challenges. Math and physics are actually powerful tools for investigating the possibilities of what is out there.»
The Art of Being Alone
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«“Loneliness, longing, does not mean one has failed but simply that one is alive.” — Olivia Laing»
Focus to Win
Since focus requires saying no, it also means really smart people and good competitors are saying no to really good ideas.
«This sounds really simplistic, but it still shocks me how few people actually practice this, and it’s a struggle to practice, but is this issue of focus.»
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