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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Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation, by Steven Johnson
The Myth of the Rule of Law, by John Hasnas
The Anarchist Handbook, by Michael Malice
Anarchy and the Law: The Political Economy of Choice, by Edward P. Stringham
Vokes v. Arthur Murray, Inc. (Scott incorrectly referred to this case as the Fred Astair case in the podcast)
When Safety Proves Dangerous (Farnam Street)
Learn how to learn
Asking the best questions
Paradox of safety
Start with the end in mind
Crisis of competence
Obsidian is a tool that can take your note-taking to the next level.
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.
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.
Reactance is the reaction to rules, regulations, etc. that threaten or eliminate specific freedoms.
Base rates are an important technique to help us assess risk.
How you go about learning something is an important aspect of learning.
We are witnessing a crisis of competence across institutions where they are unable to execute their most basic functions.
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