Brain Dump

Written 5 months ago

Biblical Literalism and the Lindy Effect

Literalists dont abide literally, and are too academic

Abstraction of certain ideals

what you dont understand isn't stupid --- what you don't understand isn't evil

Is the bible catholic?

if something has a multitude of meanings, it is complex

Norbert Wiener said if you compete with slaves you become a slave

"Fortunately, I was 19 at the time and not too resistant to learning new things. I was so ignorant that learning almost anything meant learning new things." -

"The most valuable insights are both general and surprising. But general and surprising is a hard combination to achieve. That territory tends to be picked clean, precisely because those insights are so valuable." -

"People who write about politics, whether on the left or the right, have a consistent bias: they take politics seriously." -

What do you call a hyper-ideological person, with no ability to follow through? - Risk of discovery --- bias is indexed as over-performance. if there was no overperformance, there would be no bias.

I feel like it would be very easy to be a venture capitalist. Look at everyone else is doing, and whatever is the exact opposite, fund. Everyone funds white males? You now know that the female market is underexploited. This is an earning opportunity, not an ideological statement. Identity serves as segmentation of the marketplace.

"You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? It's easy. Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally."

--- reading lots of paul graham today

The mental models that you've built for objects, especially ones that extended into the past, existed outside of the mental prison you built.

Seeking validation through knowledge seems to be a bad bet.

Evolution is only obvious after the fact.

"The key to performance is elegance, not battalions of special cases."