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Approximate Thinking – Identity, Belief, and Knowledge: The logic behind (Weird) Ayn Rand Quotes

Ayn Rand and Approximate Thinking – Again : A collection of strange quotes by Ayn Rand can cast further light on the reasons behind the distribution success of “Atlas Shrugged”, as discussed in “Fuzzy on the Dark Side“.

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Book, blog, or Podcast: Should I even read books?

Book, Blog, or Podcast – Which should a wise person chose?

Before SBF decided to magically evaporate the money of FTX depositors, he was on a quest to impress investors. This quest included his wisdom on books… and why we don’t need them. This, however, is not unique. Many are jumping into this argument..

The differences between reading books, blog posts, or listening to podcasts should be clear to interested in using these media to gain knowledge and develop their skills.

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How Lazy is John Galt? Ayn Rand, Approximate Thinking, Ideology, and Selling Books

Ayn Rand and Approximate Thinking?

Many people complain about the simplistic (and sometimes infantile) nature of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”… Still, the book is only less successful (in terms of distribution) than the bible. What explains this? I argue that it is the conflation of identities and political ideologies with ideas and thought.

Ultimately, laziness and approximate thinking are what made John Galt great! This is really the secret behind Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”.

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Guns, Germs, and Steel : A (clearer) perspective on Diffusion (of Innovation) & Progress

The ‘broadest pattern in history’ is a pattern of diffusion of innovation (cultural and technological innovation). The outcomes of the flow of innovation in culture, political and economic organization, and technology, are what caused – eventually – a giant rift between the ‘old world’ and the new one, and between different political entities.

A discussion based on the book by J. Diamond (Link below).

Jared Diamond : The Author of Guns Germs and Steel
Jared Diamond : The Author of Guns Germs and Steel
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Is Human Creativity Infinite ?

This rant is not a scientific accurate discussion. It is a peek into the nature of creativity and the meaning of infinity. Is human creativity infinite ??

A Trip to Infinity : Is Human Creativity Infinite ?
A Trip to Infinity : Is Human Creativity Infinite ?
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Education and The Matrix : Hustlers , Agents , and Punks !

“Does your teacher have a Bugatti?” Asked the Hustler. “Your school ( Education ) wants you to stay in the Matrix… I want to liberate you. Give me $50..”

This post is taken from a talk I gave a while back about the true Matrix, Education, Hustlers, The System, Halos, Approximate Thinking, and meaningful work and effort.

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On Reduction and Approximations : University Rankings and Measuring Education

Ranking universities and higher education institutions is (??) helpful in some respects. It might make it easier for (the perplexed) youth entering into higher education to choose… Moreover, A competitive environment, promoted by university rankings, encourages creativity, innovation, and effort.

Nothing simplified, however, comes for free… “University Rankings” are an extreme Approximation (reduction), and those are dangerous.

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Is Success the result of Chance, Skill, or Effort? The Fuzzy Thinking behind the anger, values, and politics soup

Why is it that discussions on equal opportunities can easily get derailed into name-calling? What are the causes of success, and why are people so sensitive about them? Fuzzy thinking about work and politics, and an incomplete understanding can cause an unnecessary confusion.

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Fox or Hedgehog? The Power (Weakness?) Of Focus

“A fox knows many things, but a hedgehog knows one grand thing.” ( Archilochus)…

So it better (wiser) to focus and limit the scope of your work or should you try to diversify ?

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The Philosophy of Technology (Book): Themes & Thoughts on Technology and (Applied) Science

This is a short review of the book “Philosophy of Technology” by V. Dusek and its main themes and ideas. I’ve selected some interesting ideas to talk about, and included some excerpts from the book in the end.

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