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Values and Mistakes

Values

Overcoming Bias. I want to select and filter knowledge and avoid many of

I wrestle with.

Long-term view. Resist the new. New knowledge is both a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing when you compare medieval to contemporary findings in medicine, ethics, physics. It is also a curse because we have a

. New knowledge feels attractive largely because it is new. Even though it is tempting to share, in most cases, I am trying to resist the new. I am aiming to select for the knowledge that has a long expiry date.

Least Amount of Words Possible. I want to focus on distilling knowledge with as little words as possible. I think this is one of the most important and neglected ideas about knowledge. The shorter the more valuable the message is (while the creator simultaneously preserves its depth and quality). On this website, I am trying to drop sounding complex, sounding round, adding paragraphs to grip with a better story. “I am sorry that I didn’t have time to write a shorter letter” Pascal

Through a Peasant's Reasoning. Knowledge is often a signaling tool – a tool for climbing a homo sapiens hierarchy ladder. "I belong to this type of people", "I am capable of using complex vocabulary", "I am smart". I feel this force largely active in our culture and in me. I will try to resist sounding smart and filter knowledge "through a peasant's reasoning" (a Polish expression meaning to communicate without jargon, in the simplest possible terms). And my absolute north star is what

lived by "If you can't explain it simply you don't understand it well enough".

Mistakes

When I write about idea I am trying trying to find the ways why idea makes sense and do too little work to fight my

. I want to think more about antithesis and to validate the idea with other sources. I want to spend more time on validating. This happens because when I write about something I already know what I want to write about so I come back to the sources where I got the idea from and it is a lot of work to explain idea alone. Validating it is adding double as much work.