When people feel uncertain, [they’d rather listen to] somebody who’s strong and wrong than somebody who’s weak and right.A Front Row View of the Financial Crisis | Bill Gates
I wonder if one day people will talk about Homosapiens as we talk about Rome.
I have such a strong sense that our ability to think and create is just an extension of our pre-existing machinery for biological evolution.
Similiar principals that govern natural selection are governing the selection of tools, societal structures, knowledge, and beliefs.
Perfect Friday song.
When you stick to a set of beliefs you get to compound decisions made from a common set of values, which in turn leads to great growth in any pursuit.
Obviously there is the dark side of having or holding onto the wrong belief for too long.
But if you find some right ones it’s magical.
One of the many benefits to reading
I think one of the greatest ways to discover who you are is to read.
You get to try on all these beliefs and values for free and with no consequence.
And in turn get to choose what you feel best suits you.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.Aristotle
New ways of doing things are often found to be exceptionally productive, precisely because brilliant minds self-select for the new and interesting.Monolithic Node.js | Richard Rodger
To begin with, the findings of science entail that the belief systems of all the world’s traditional religions and cultures—their theories of the origins of life, humans, and societies—are factually mistaken. We know, but our ancestors did not, that humans belong to a single species of African primate that developed agriculture, government, and writing late in its history. We know that our species is a tiny twig of a genealogical tree that embraces all living things and that emerged from prebiotic chemicals almost four billion years ago. We know that we live on a planet that revolves around one of a hundred billion stars in our galaxy, which is one of a hundred billion galaxies in a 13.8-billion-year-old universe, possibly one of a vast number of universes. We know that our intuitions about space, time, matter, and causation are incommensurable with the nature of reality on scales that are very large and very small. We know that the laws governing the physical world (including accidents, disease, and other misfortunes) have no goals that pertain to human well-being. There is no such thing as fate, providence, karma, spells, curses, augury, divine retribution, or answered prayers—though the discrepancy between the laws of probability and the workings of cognition may explain why people believe there are. And we know that we did not always know these things, that the beloved convictions of every time and culture may be decisively falsified, doubtless including some we hold today.Science is not the Enemy of the Humanities