I took a cooking class a few months ago.
I met a woman there that started telling me about the class and the instructor.
Then she told me this was the ninth time she’d taken this same class with the same teacher.
A recent psychological meta study was done to attempt to discern the most important variables for success in any field.
They looked at as many variables as they could.
There is theory that history is made up mostly of unexpected invents that had significant consequences.
These are sometimes called Black Swans, things that seemingly come out of nowhere then cause a significant amount of damage.
At the same time, in retrospect they seem to be easily predictable, as the reasons for their occurrence seem very basic and simple.
Structure of Reality
An ancient and modern question in philosophy is the structure of the world.
On one side of the spectrum is the idea that we have relatively accurate understanding of our world.
On the other side of the spectrum is the idea that our perceptions are based in our mental structure.
That we only see certain structures in the external reality only because that is how our brains are calibrated.
Brains and Filters
This is somewhat like the simulation theory, or Descartes’ demon.
Any experiment we do to prove whether or not we are in simulation could itself be part of the simulation.
Similarly, anything we measure, no matter how specific, about the outside world could merely be a function of our neurological structure.
Reality Is Ambiguous
This would mean that reality is ambiguous, but we don’t know which meaning is appropriate.
Ambiguous nouns can cause confusing ideas.
And confusing ideas can be dangerous, because ideas don’t like to be confused.
Ideas like to understand this, to understand what this means.
Don’t Confuse Ideas
Understanding ideas, of course, are much easier to manage than confusing ideas.
Because if you make a mistake, then the understanding ideas will be very forgiving.
And forgiving sentiments is generally a good idea, because sentiments don’t always know what they are doing.
Winners Write History Books
Since winners write the history books, history books are very much like people.
The good things, which were unexpected and unpredictable, are taken credit for.
The bad things, which are unexpected and unpredictable, are blamed on others.
The one thing that had the most impact, according to the study, was survivorship bias.
That we only see the most successful people.
This would suggest that reverse engineering success from studying ultra successful people is impossible.
Of course, this is hard to understand through our biased and subconscious filters.
Our filters don’t like the idea that everything might be up to random chance.
It turns out there are small groups that do this.
Go to these things as a kind of a hobby, even the same ones over and over.
It kinds of makes sense.
Practice Makes Better
If you are learning a particularly difficult dish, you might need a few tries before you get it down.
And learning something under the guidance of a helpful teacher is much better than getting feedback from unappreciable people.
Appreciating people, of course, can be hard to find, especially when you add expectation into the mix.
And adding expectations are kind of rabbits in they are good at math.
Although expectations tend to enjoy adding, while rabbits tend to enjoy multiplying.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.