The Case for Balanced Skepticism

Social norms govern how individuals interact with each other and with society at large. Many norms have been incorporated into legal systems but most continue to be informal conventions. A significant percentage of the population will fail to adhere to

Avoiding 21st Century Twaddle

“Man, as a social animal who has the gift of language, is born to prattle and to pour out twaddle that does much damage when serious work is being attempted. Some people produce copious amounts of twaddle and others very

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,

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