Loserthink: How Untrained Brains are Ruining America - by Scott Adams



my notes:

We don't teach thinking in schools.

You can be smart and well informed while at the same time being a flagrant loserthinker.

No matter how smart you are, if you don't have experience across multiple domains, you're probably not equipped with the most productive ways of thinking.

We humans give greater weight to things that have names.

Calling people stupid will not make them turn smart, but pointing out a bad technique and contrasting it with a good one can, in time, move people to a more productive way of thinking.

Unless scientists are a different kind of human being than the rest of us, they would intelligently cut corners whenever they think they could get away with it, just like everyone else.

A little bit of creative panic goes a long way.

Starting later could easily get you to the point you want sooner and cheaper.

If something is legal and profitable, it will happen, a lot

Being absolutely right and being spectacularly wrong feel exactly the same.

You and I are often penalized for what other people think we are thinking.

Don't dismiss people with labels they would not assign to themselves.

People who have good arguments use them.

Once you experience being a beginner at something and then improving, you start to see every skill that you don't already have as something you can acquire.

Reframe past mistakes as learning experiences.

Effectiveness is more important than ego.

The thoughts that you allow into your head are the code that programs your mind and body.

All it takes is intention and practice.

The most likely explanation for many--if not most--situations in life is something you didn't imagine.

We can't always tell the difference between people who are smarter than us and people who are dumber. Both groups makes choices we can't understand.

We also can't tell the difference between valid patterns that might predict something useful and something that simply reminds us of something else but means nothing.

The thing that engineers know, and the general public often ignores, is that it is common for more than one variable to be important at the same time.

Truth has two important dimensions: accuracy and direction.

When the topic has an emotional element, and you are already primed to believe something to be true, expect the environment to serve up lots of false signals.