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The Ultimate Foundations Are Math and Logic


If you understand mathematics and logic, you have the basis for understanding everything else. - The ultimate foundations are math and logic: 0:00 - It’s better to read a great book slowly than to fly through a hundred books quickly: 1:22 - Learn persuasion and programming: 2:08 Full show notes and transcript:

Episode notes last updated on April 08, 2019 04:57


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Why are Macroeconomics useless?

It is too easy to make things up in macroeconomics without any ability to prove their validity. You can speculate on big things, but there are too many factors involved to track and validate their real impact on the outcomes.

Why are mathematics so important for the success of our society?

If you understand math and logic, you have the basis for understanding the scientific method, which means you can derive knowledge and learn anyone knew. If you can understand the subject, then you can also separate truth from falsehood, and to form your own opinions around them instead.

Why is it better to read one book slow than to read ten books fast?

To get good at something, you have to practice, and by reading slow you can really grasp the meaning of the context and attain understanding, as opposed to flying through a bunch of books without ever realizing their meaning.

What do you need to know to become a life-learner?

Reading, writing, arithmetic, persuasion skills, and a deep understanding of a complex subject will get you a good understanding of the world. Computer programing will enable you to create leverage.