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Today's theme is: Clearing Muddy Thinking
We often don't treat "thinking" as skill , when it clearly is : there are various levels and we get better with practice and right techniques.
How do we make our thinking less biased & more effective?
What exactly is open mindedness? Do you have a CLEAR answer? This Mega thread goes into useful nuance :Narrow-minded & arrogant people are the first ones to calls others the same. Here's why. A thread on Open-mindedness ￬1/ It seems to be an extremely common experience amongst people who don't believe in certain non-scientific concepts to be told by others who do to be more open minded.2/ This advice is typically based on highly flawed thinking including an inaccurate understanding of what open-mindedness is. In fact, being open-minded simply means being willing to consider new ideas.3/ Science promotes and thrives on open-mindedness because the advancement of our understanding about the reality in which we exists depends upon our willingness to consider new ideas. Indeed scientific discovery often requires entirely new ways of thinking.
Once we are no longer at the beginner level, it's not about "Brute Force" but about being "effective" - getting further with less.
And what George has listed here (First principles, experiments and feedback loops) are absolutely tremendous at doing just that.
Why? Because that's how we iterate well -Clear thinking culture > Hustle culture First principles, experiments and feedback loops are a helluva drugI think at the start of your journey. hustle > clear thinking. Just get started. For exponential growth, you need leverage, and to maximize that, clear thinking.Ya but if we are just talking about people that I like to talk to, then I’d say clear thinking culture> hustle culture. Hustle culture gets annoying. No nuance. Clear thinking is where actual stimulating conversation happens.
The internet can be seen as an "exponential multiplier" in the sense that if someone knows what they are doing : the growth is not linear but exponential because of the scale and network effects.
Dickie talks about what "clear thinking" means to him. If you think about it, it's not very different from the "scientific mode of thinking"
And no wonder it is. How else did we get to using mobiles a few thousand years after first starting agriculture?My mental model for the internet: it's an exponential multiplier. • Clear thinking • Good judgment • Concise writing • Diligent execution Enabled by the internet, the market rewards these skills 1000x more than it used to.The best predictor of future success: clear thinking. To clarify your thinking, stop living on autopilot. • Be curious • Take notes • Ask more questions • Observe everything Do this over time and it compounds into a rich, diverse perspective of thought.
We hope this helps you navigate and filter the muddy waters of your own life a little better :)
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