The prevalence of a spirit of contention amongst a people is a certain sign of deadness with respect to the things of religion. When men's spirits are hot with contention, they are cold to religion. - Jonathan Edwards “The Book of Mormon does not supplant the Bible. It expands, extends, clarifies, and amplifies our knowledge of the Savior. Surely, this second witness should be cause for great rejoicing by all Christians.” - Joseph B. Wirthlin

Monday, December 6, 2021

Research and learning

Some thoughts on research, learning, and perspective.

Researchers don’t like to research things that could criticize their colleagues.

The Feynman-technique of learning: > Pick a topic you wanna understand and start studying it > Pretend to teach the topic to a classroom > Go back to the books when you get stuck > Simplify and use analogies! • If you wanna master something, teach it.

"Choose the non-emotional response to any given situation and see how much easier your life becomes."
"The reality is life is a single-player game. You’re born alone. You’re going to die alone. All of your interpretations are alone. All your memories are alone. You’re gone in three generations and nobody cares. Before you showed up, nobody cared. It’s all single-player." -

The modern devil is cheap dopamine.

"If your opinions line up neatly with those of your friends and colleagues, they’re not your opinions."

"A contrarian isn’t one who always objects - that’s a conformist of a different sort. A contrarian reasons independently, from the ground up, and resists pressure to conform."@naval

"You get rewarded for unique knowledge, not for effort. Effort is required to create unique knowledge."
Bitcoin is an exit from the Fed. DeFi is an exit from Wall Street. Social media is an exit from mass media. Homeschooling is an exit from industrial education. Remote work is an exit from9-5 Creator economy is an exit from employment. Individuals are leaving institutions.
"Free people make free choices. Free choices mean you get unequal outcomes. You can have freedom, or you can have equal outcomes. You can’t have both."

No matter how impressive and official your authority, rank, or credentials are, you *immediately* lose credibility when you rely on them to make your point.

You're confused because you keep trying to apply logic to human behavior. Once you accept that most of us are illogical and are more motivated by fear of loss and maintenance of comfort, then you'll get it. You'll be able to predict the future as if you wrote it.

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