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Does the World Think? The Wisdom of Groups..

I wrote a blog post about a few interesting books, including one titled “How the World Thinks”. A reader objected, saying that thinking is done by people… So, does ‘the World’ think?

Does the World Think?
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Creativeness by Experimentation: Peak Performance & Worldly Wisdom

How much do your genetics and your (cultural/social) background control your destiny?

The answer is ‘A lot!’… but things aren’t hopeless..

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Recommended Readings Lists – (When) Do they make sense??

What should I read?

With the millions of books out there, seekers of knowledge (and wisdom) will – expectedly – ask the question.. Where should I start?

The answers are usually disappointing. Why should you care about someone’s recommended readings list, after all?

Here’s an attempt to tackle this.

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Mundane Evil & Creativity : “I was just doing my Job..”

More often than not, evil is not one great shocking act. Mundane evil is the most prevalent form.. and what we come to see as great evil sometimes [usually in retrospect], starts with small tasks, and accumulates simple additions as it goes.

Ironically, I think this summarizes “Oppenheimer” – the events, and the 2023 film.

Oppenheimer Mundane Evil
Oppenheimer: A story of Mundane Evil

“The greatest evils in the world will not be carried out by men with guns, but by men in suits sitting behind desks.”

C.S. Lewis

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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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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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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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CRT : A Short Cognitive Ability Test that predicts (?) better mental skills

The Cognitive Reflection Test : A shortcut to measuring Intelligence

Can three innocent questions serve as a proxy for an intelligence test and predict cognitive ability? Even if not, it might be fun to play around with them, and reflect on what reflective thinking ability can teach us about our decision making and mental habits.

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On Education (1): Schools, Teachers, Markets, and The Success of Learning efforts

How can we fix the educational system? Should we reconsider what its objectives are?

The overall effectiveness and efficiency of the school system makes for a very interesting discussion. Other than being the main tool to spread knowledge in a society, it is also supposedly an important contributor to the processes of economic progress and of social mobility (allowing for the possibility of individuals moving between ‘classes’) … That – however – is just in theory …