Saturday, February 25, 2023

Things That Make You Think


I recently read an interesting book, Seeking Wisdom: from Darwin to Munger, by Peter Bevelin. It spoke to me on a number of levels, helping me to explain psychology with science. I will quote from the book the points that most resonated with me. They may do so with you too. 


·         “But it’s not just what happens to us that counts. It’s what we think happened. When we face a situation, our brains create an expectation. We can get in ways contrary to our self-interest if we don’t understand the consequences.”


  • “Seek out alternative points of view and encourage people to openly disagree.”


  • “Less than 6% of our DNA is responsible for the traits that make us different from chimpanzees.”


  • “Focus on what you know and that makes a difference. Before attacking a problem, ask if it is worth solving or spending time on.”


  • “Our brain is wired to perceive before it thinks -- to use emotions before reason.”


  • “We must be flexible in order to deal with constant change and unpredictability.”


  • “Weighing only three pounds, the brain is composed of at least 100 billion never cells or neurons. It also contains tens of billions of other cells called glial cells supporting neurons.”


  • Symbiosis is the cooperative interaction between different organisms that can produce genetic changes.”


  • “Harm avoidance first. Our brain is equipped to register pain more sensitively than any other emotion. We also remember negatively arousing stimuli better.”


  • “The fear of losing is much greater than the desire to gain. Research shows that we feel more pain from losing than we feel pleasure from gaining something of equal value and that we work harder to avoid losing that we do to win.”


·         “Human evolution started about four to seven million years ago and today’s “modern” human brain appeared on the scene some 150,000 to 200,000 years ago. For most of that time, our ancestors lived in primitive hunter-gatherer societies. Those societies existed until the end of the last Ice Age, around 13,000 years ago. Soon thereafter some 10,000 years ago, agriculture was developed.”


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