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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 25


  1. Epsilon Theory Core Curriculum, Vol. 1 – Ben Hunt
    A great list of books to build your mental models. Except Nate Silver, don’t read that one.  

  2. ‘I saw the making of Cheteshwar Pujara’ – Indian Express
    Sandeep Dwivedi grew up in a house that overlooked the ground where an 8-year old Cheteshwar Pujara learnt to bat from his cricket-tragic father. He witnessed the baby steps taken by India’s No.3, closely followed his rise up the ranks and has watched him bat around the world.

  3. Here’s The Technique That Ambitious People Use To Get What They Want – Ryan Holiday
    Ramit Sethi has called this the “Briefcase Technique,”saying that the best job applicants wait for a moment right after the pleasantries have ended and the basic information about the position has been explained.

    It is here, after they have answered just enough questions to establish comfort and trust, that they reveal how much research they have done prior to showing up, by explaining all the things they’ve learned about the business, how they intend to improve it and exactly why they’re the right person for the job. This move, done politely but confidently, immediately separates them from all the other potential hires.

  4. Travel Is No Cure for the Mind – More to That
    While travel does expand and stretch the horizons of what we know about the world, it is not the answer we’re looking for in times of unrest. To strengthen the health of the mind, the venue to do that in is the one we are in now.

    This post is my adaptation of Seneca’s awesome letter to Lucilius on the subject of travel. I highly recommend that you check it out — along with all of Seneca’s other wonderful letters as well.

  5. How to overcome the “scarcity mindset” – Rad Reads
    By pursuing ever-elusive gratification and trying to hang onto it, we do natural selection’s bidding—we seek the things that in the past would have contributed to genetic proliferation. We seek status, sex, material resources, and more and more of all of these things. The evaporation of the gratification they bring is natural selection’s way of getting us to keep pursuing them.

    We see the influence of this survivalist mindset in our economic systems, ranging from Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” or Hobbes tying “self-preservation” to “self-interest.” In turn, scarcity reinforces zero-sum thinking, the destructive “I win, you lose” that masquerades as meritocratic competition.

  6. Taleb The Philosopher – First Things
    A profile on Nassim Taleb. 

  7. Finland’s grand AI experiment – Politico
    An interesting idea but one that is fairly small when you compare it with universities or other countries. 

    The idea has a simple, Nordic ring to it: Start by teaching 1 percent of the country’s population, or about 55,000 people, the basic concepts at the root of artificial technology, and gradually build on the number over the next few year

  8. How Not to Be Stupid – Farnam Street
    Intelligence but via negativa.
  9. 2018 Letter – Dan Wang
    Dan Wang on Moore’s Law, China, Writing and more.  
  10. Swipe Right to Let Me Take Your Profile Photo – Hannah Wei
    To me, good photo sessions are no different than good dates. Good dates are playful. Think about how many coffee dates that didn’t inspire you to be fully expressive. How might your actions, expressions and conversations be carried out differently if you were suddenly standing on a rooftop pretending to be a super villain with a partner in crime? Any good dating profile photo should reflect a subject’s most interesting and authentic self. I could only capture my partner like that when we were both caught up in the moment.
    You have to create a moment in order to inspire people to fall into it.
    It wasn’t about the camera. It wasn’t even about striking a good pose. It was about finding a unique connection through shared adventure, and being so effortlessly caught up in the moment that one couldn’t help but want to remember every second of it with photos.

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