The world makes much less sense than you think. The coherence comes mostly from the way your mind works… Our comforting conviction that the world makes sense rests on a secure foundation: our almost unlimited ability to ignore our ignorance… Disbelieving is hard work, and System 2 is easily tired.
Intelligence is not only ability to reason; it is also the ability to find relevant material in memory and to deploy attention when needed.
Better to be clear and wrong, than fuzzy and not even wrong.
Making sense of a pile of data is a multidimensional search problem. We’re programmers. We know how to handle search problems. The key is being able to freely jump around those dimensions.
It is better to do the right problem the wrong way than the wrong problem the right way.
Don’t just look for evidence to confirm your theory. Test for things your theory predicts should never happen… Being wrong efficiently is what science is all about.
Our ability to create large & complex systems fools us into believing that we’re also entitled to understand them.
It’s impossible to clearly define the problem of clearly defining the problem. But there is a way to judge the quality of a recipe. It must be specific enough to suggest a fix, and have an unambiguous way to tell whether the fix worked. A problem definition must be falsifiable. You have to risk being wrong to have a chance at gaining the truth.
To me it seems to be important to believe people to be good even if they tend to be bad, because your own joy and happiness in life is increased that way, and the pleasures of the belief outweigh the occasional disappointments. To be a cynic about people works just the other way around and makes you incapable about enjoying the good things.
Not being able to take break is not the cause of burning out. Burning out is result of not being able to do what you love or is important to you regularly.
It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.
The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Education is what people do to you. Learning is what you do to yourself… what you need to learn, is how to learn.
It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast.