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Ep50 – Top 5 Insights of 2021

Ep50 – Top 5 Insights of 2021

and does it matter who’s spying on us?

In this episode, Stefan and I look back at 2021 to identify the tools and insights that helped us most in the last year. We limited our review to five each, so we missed many things we could have included. But we think this list is a fun and informative tool anyone can use to have a better 2022.

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  1. Obsidian

  2. How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers, by Sönke Ahrens

  3. Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation, by Steven Johnson

  4. Substack

  5. The Myth of the Rule of Law, by John Hasnas

  6. The Anarchist Handbook, by Michael Malice

  7. Anarchy and the Law: The Political Economy of Choice, by Edward P. Stringham

  8. Vokes v. Arthur Murray, Inc. (Scott incorrectly referred to this case as the Fred Astair case in the podcast)

  9. Mentally Unscripted Ep42 – How to Stop Fearing the Decentralized Tomorrow (crossover with Mental Supermodels)

  10. Reactance

  11. When Safety Proves Dangerous (Farnam Street)

  12. New to KT Tape?

  13. Mentally Unscripted Ep48 – Is Democracy the Opiate of the Masses? with Myron Weber

  14. Mentally Unscripted Ep33 - Hubris and Misaligned Incentives: Mental Models in a Time of War

Mental Models

  1. Reactance

  2. Learn how to learn

  3. Risk assessment

  4. Base rates

  5. Asking the best questions

  6. Paradox of safety

  7. Start with the end in mind

  8. Institutional capture

  9. Incentives

  10. Crisis of competence

  11. Accountability

  12. Self-preservation

Top Takeaways

  1. Obsidian is a tool that can take your note-taking to the next level.

  2. Substack is a good tool for sharing content such as articles, podcasts, and newsletters. The Mentally Unscripted Substack page is the hub of the Mentally Unscripted empire.

  3. The rule of law is the principle that we are a nation of laws, not of men so that all people are subject to the same laws. But this principle is a myth.

  4. Reactance is the reaction to rules, regulations, etc. that threaten or eliminate specific freedoms.

  5. Base rates are an important technique to help us assess risk.

  6. How you go about learning something is an important aspect of learning.

  7. We are witnessing a crisis of competence across institutions where they are unable to execute their most basic functions.

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