Ignore the blogs

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I propose that if you want a simple step to a higher form of life, as distant from the animal as you can get, then you may have to de-narrate, that is, shut down the television set, minimize time spent reading newspapers, ignore the blogs. Train your reasoning abilities to control your decisions. Nudge “System 1”, the heuristic or experiential system, out of the important ones. Train yourself to spot the difference between the sensational and the empirical. This insulation from the toxicity of the world will have an additional benefit: It will improve your well being. Also, bear in mind how shallow we are with probability, the mother of all abstract notions. You don’t have to do much more in order to gain a deeper understanding of things around you.

– Nassim Taleb, The Black Swan

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