Month: August 2017

  • Fallacies, Illusions, and Biases (Part 1)

    I’m working my way through Rolf Dobelli’s The Art of Thinking Clearly by reading a few sections each morning. Here are my notes on the first 11 sections (Confirmation Bias had two sections, which I’ve only noted as one below): Survivorship bias: You overestimate your probability of success because you only see success stories. You […]

    Fallacies, Illusions, and Biases (Part 1)
  • Notes on how React and Angular work

    I got this question from a Praxis participant last night: “Hey Chuck quick general question: do frameworks like angular and react compile to JS? How exactly do they work?” Here is my response: This took me a little research because I didn’t quite know. Here is what I found: First, React is a library and […]

  • Taking Control of Our Attention

    Recommendation: What Is Technology Doing To Us? Tristan Harris on Sam Harris’s podcast  Tristan is a former Design Ethicist at Google and studied at Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab. His work highlights the design patterns in technology that grab our attention, pull us back in, and addict us. These designs are not only manipulating us, but they are […]

  • On Jury Duty

    I’m very torn on jury duty. I despise politics, I don’t vote, I rarely follow the news, and I think that most laws should be nullified. I’d prefer to be rid of the whole business. On the other hand, I deeply believe in justice and want reasonable, thoughtful people on juries. I’ve so far avoided […]

  • Building a Wide Base of Knowledge

    Someone I’m advising asked me this morning how to build a wide base of knowledge across many subjects and disciplines. Here was my answer: The short answer is that you need to be curious. Specifically: Read widely. Ask people what they are working on and dig in to understand. Ask lots of questions. Spend lots […]