Unstuck Newsletter #021 (July-15-2020)

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Hello online friends,

It’s me, Ivaylo Durmonski. And this is the 21th edition of Unstuck. A weekly newsletter designed to help people navigate in this disoriented world, make progress, and become more rational. By sharing the lessons I learn from the books I read (and other interesting things), I want to help more people find direction in this directionless world.

I decided to take some time off.

Sending a weekly newsletter and reviewing a book per week is fun, and I hope you find it insightful. However, the weekly deadlines are leaving me with little room for improvements on my site.

That’s why I decided the following during the summer (July, August, and September):

  • Newsletter twice a month – expect the next on 05.08.2020, after that on 19.08.2020, etc.;
  • Focus on updating some of my old articles and book notes;
  • Use the extra time to finish my first online course (the topic is still a secret!).

I’ll be still adding new book summaries but my main focus will be on updating some of the old material.

Here are the links this week:

Book Summary:

  • The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli: A book based on the realization that we systematically fail to think clearly. After meeting Nassim Taleb, a desire to understand heuristics and biases boomed in the author’s mind and lead to a transition. From a novelist, Rolf Dobelli became a student of social and cognitive psychology

Weekly Finds:

  • Batesian Mimicry: Why Copycats Are Successful: Copycats or “pretenders to the throne” are often very effective, very convincing “mimics” of the true champions. They dress the part, they talk the talk, and they know what buttons to push. But in the end, they are merely chauffeurs.
  • Why Nerds are Unpopular: “I know a lot of people who were nerds in school, and they all tell the same story: there is a strong correlation between being smart and being a nerd, and an even stronger inverse correlation between being a nerd and being popular. Being smart seems to make you unpopular.”
  • Every Actionable Book is Actually Two Books Inside: The more books I read, the more I’m convinced that every actionable book is actually two different books inside. This is useful to know, because it tells you what to look out for when you’re reading a book in this genre.

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I hope you are all healthy wherever you are in the world. 

Enjoy your summer!

Talk to you soon,

Ivaylo Durmonski