Thinking, Fast and Slow

Danny Kahneman and his late partner Amos Tversky are the most important psychologists of the past several decades. Their research has exposed fallacies in human decision-making and many of the most basic assumptions of the field of economics. In short—humans are not rational beings, but instead intuitive ones with some weak control of reason atContinue reading “Thinking, Fast and Slow”

Algorithms to Live By

Despite not professionally using my degree at all, I’m consistently happy for having studied Computer Science. The field is so rich in mathematical structures that underlay so many things in the world. It’s made me a better thinker in all respects. In this book, Brian Christian does a masterful job at sharing all the basicsContinue reading “Algorithms to Live By”

How to Have Impossible Conversations

I’ve had the pleasure of having many contentious conversations over the past couple of years. This book dissects many of the problems and cognitive distortions present in these types of arguments and poses solutions to all of them. All of the best techniques I’ve accidentally stumbled upon over the years (Rappaport’s Rules, understanding falsifiability, etc)Continue reading “How to Have Impossible Conversations”

The Undoing Project

The Kahneman and Tsversky collaboration produced some of the most interesting and consequential work in the social sciences of the past century. Michael Lewis is an excellent author, and told their story with enjoyable and exhaustive narrative. The reader gets to learn not just about what their psychological discoveries were, but how and why theyContinue reading “The Undoing Project”

The Great Mental Models, Vol. 1

Shane Parrish’s website Farnam Street is one of my favorite on the internet. His collection of mental models is large, clear, and concise. It is the inspiration for me to have begun collecting mental models. When I found out he was writing a book—or, more precisely, a series of books—I was ecstatic, and preordered thisContinue reading “The Great Mental Models, Vol. 1”