At the core of every life is a single, difficult question: should I learn more, or should I make the most of what I already know? This is known as “the exploration-exploitation dilemma” (aka “the exploration-exploitation tradeoff“), and it’s the most important problem you’ll ever face.[Read more…] about Managing the Exploration-Exploitation Dilemma
There has been quite a bit of concern about the rise of automation lately, and it’s been a key component of the rise of nationalist, protectionist politics. Jobs have been getting scarce in some parts of the world, and it’s important that people have the skills to recognize automation trends and adapt accordingly.[Read more…] about How to Survive Automation
This is a quick guide for a common problem that I’ve noticed people have, especially when learning a new skill: picking a book. Enjoy.[Read more…] about The 2 Types of Books You Should Be Reading
It’s a natural and classically human desire to stand victoriously on top of the podium. Even if we don’t admit it, just about everyone internally wants to be the best at something.
Some people want to be great athletes, while others desire admiration for their works of art. No matter what the domain, the idea remains the same: we all want to be (or at least considered) great.[Read more…] about How to Be a World-Class Anything
A friend of mine and I recently had a conversation about the accumulation of knowledge and the limits of human information processing. He asked me whether my reading and research habits (which I’ll admit are a bit maniacal) were an example of cognitive overload that would lead to a bias against action.[Read more…] about How to Use a Brain