My learning diary

Super Thinking Chapter 01

Being Wrong Less

  • Inverse thinking. Instead of thinking how you can save money, think about how you can reduce your expenses.
  • Unforced error. A personal shortcoming which can be controlled.
  • Anti-fragile. Treating setbacks as challenges and thriving on them.

Keep it simple, stupid!

  • Arguing from first principles.
  • De-risking. Challenging assumptions and verifying or debunking them.
  • Premature optimisation.
  • Minimum viable product.
  • Ockham’s razor. “The simplest explanation is usually the right one.”
  • Conjunction fallacy. The assumption that specificity is more probable than generality.
  • Overfitting.

In the eye of the beholder

  • Frame of reference. POV.
  • Framing. The way we present a problem to others.
  • Nudging. How framing influences the audience.
  • Anchoring. The first thing a chick sees will be its “mother”.
  • Availability bias. Becoming too engrossed with recent information. Product experience personalisations do this.
  • Filter bubble. Search engines tailor your experience based on your history and you end up reading about similar things only and nothing else.
  • Echo chamber. Consequence of a filter bubble. More polarisation and deviation from objectiveness.

Walk a mile in their shoes

  • Third story. POV of an observer. Should think like one.
  • Most respectful interpretation. Seeing the best in others.
  • Hanlon’s razor. “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
  • Fundamental attribution error. Thinking “someone was mean for the sake of being mean instead of external factors like a bad day”.
  • Self-serving bias. Always able to explain one’s behaviour while thinking that everyone else’s is inexplicable.
  • Veil of ignorance. Considering things without considering our positions.
  • Birth lottery.
  • Just world hypothesis. “You reap what you sow.”
  • Victim-blame.
  • Learned helplessness.

To be continued from page 56 out of 609.

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