A Silent Interlude

“My God, what did he tweet now?!?” One week ago, at exactly the hour that I am typing these words, I stood at the tallest summit in the contiguous United States. Mt. Whitney, at 14,505 feet, is the crown jewel

Availability-Misweighing Tendency

This mental tendency echoes the words of the song: “When I’m not near the girl I love, I love the girl I’m near.” Man’s imperfect, limited-capacity brain easily drifts into working with what’s easily available to it. — Charlie Munger,

The Pitfalls of Early Success – A Personal History

“Success makes people think they’re smart.  That’s fine as far as it goes, but there can also be negative ramifications.” — Howard Marks  The investing profession tends to attract individuals who, to put it politely, have a healthy sense of

Book Review: Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind

There are many aspects of life where the link between cause and effect is very clear.  Humans, as well as many other animals, quickly learn that taking a certain action invariably leads to a predictable and reliable result.  For example,

Via Negativa: Wisdom Through Subtraction

Modern life is full of opportunities to seek wisdom and knowledge by adding new sources to our information diet.  If reading one newspaper is a good idea, perhaps adding a second or third will generate further enlightenment.  If a tidbit or two of

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