Friday, January 13, 2017


"The absence of definite information concerning the outcomes of actions one has not taken is probably the single most important factor that keeps regret in life within tolerable bounds....We can never be absolutely sure that we would have been happier had we chosen another profession or another spouse.... Thus, we are often protected from painful knowledge concerning the quality of our decisions." -Danny Kahneman (via The Undoing Project)

A Chat With Daniel Kahneman - by Morgan Housel (LINK)
On persistence: “When I work I have no sunk costs. I like changing my mind. Some people really don’t like it but for me changing my mind is a thrill. It’s an indication that I’m learning something. So I have no sunk costs in the sense that I can walk away from an idea that I’ve worked on for a year if I can see a better idea. It’s a good attitude for a researcher. The main track that young researchers fall into is sunk costs. They get to work on a project that doesn’t work and that is not promising but they keep at it. I think too much persistence can be bad for you in the intellectual world.”
The Sound of Silence - by Jessica Livingston (LINK)

The Risk of Discovery - by Paul Graham (LINK)

How I Got My Attention Back - by Craig Mod [H/T @StevenLevy] (LINK)

Importance of Knowing Your Investment Boundaries (Sears Mini-Case Study) - by John Huber (LINK)

Five Good Questions for Samuel Arbesman about his book Overcomplicated (LINK)

Mike Massimino on the James Altucher podcast (LINK)
Related book: Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
Exponent podcast: Episode 100 — The Anniversary Episode: iPhone and Exponent (LINK)

a16z Podcast: Real Estate — Asset, Ownership, and the Economy (LINK)

TED Talk - Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado: To solve old problems, study new species (LINK)

A Woman Was Killed By a Superbug Resistant to All 26 American Antibiotics [H/T @edyong209] (LINK)

Why Killer Whales (and Humans) Go Through Menopause - by Ed Yong (LINK)