During one of his answers, he shared an enlightened observation about people who are “right a lot”.
He said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It’s perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today.
He’s observed that the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking.
Jeff Bezos stops by 37Signals:
Charlie Stross asks the question, “So why do the rich keep trying to acquire more money, long past the point at which it can make any noticeable difference to their lifestyle?” This isn’t the question I thought he’d be asking in this article, relative to its title. I thought he’d talk about how being rich isn’t what it is used to be.
There was a time, pretty much always actually, when being rich meant you could have not just more stuff than poor people, but better stuff. A rich guy could have a pen that works better than a pencil, or a typewriter that works better than a pen, or a secretary who types really fast onto nice paper. Having access to better tools made rich people richer of course, but it also made being rich worth the effort of getting rich - you get a substantially nicer day, every day.
But in the first world in 2012, even on a lower-middle class salary, your day can be pretty similar to that of a rich person. You spend the majority of it in front of various screens, from your laptop to your iPhone. These are the same screens rich people use, and the same media they consume. Rich guys get just as excited about the premiere of Game of Thrones as poor guys, and watch the show on TVs and sound-systems only marginally better. They get their coffee at Starbucks. They buy organic bananas even in the off-season for an extra buck or two. They wear tshirts that are marginally more comfortable than the 3-pack you bought in Walmart. They wear crocs and don’t understand why dubstep is a thing. They play Angry Birds on the train. A rich person’s average day in 2012 is better, but not much better, than my average day. That’s revolutionary.
I’d still like to get rich, though. It would be nice to have the money to travel anywhere first class, or to pay someone to stay in my house and cook my favorite foods, but those things wouldn’t be seismic shifts in my day-to-day life. In 2012, thanks to the iPhone in my hand and the Chinese-made shirt in my closet, I’m a lower-middle-class rich person. Not as a good as the authentic kind, but almost.
Dubbed “52 Hertz” after the frequency range in which he typically sings, the animal has been called the loneliest whale in the world, since his love songs seem destined to go unanswered. Most other species of baleen whale, such as blue whales and humpbacks, sing at frequencies much lower, between the 15-25 Hertz range. — 52 Hertz: The Loneliest Whale in the World - Animal News: Animal Planet
Akrasia (/əˈkreɪzɪə/; ancient Greek ἀκρασία, “lacking command (over oneself)”), occasionally transliterated as acrasia, is the state of acting against one’s better judgement. The adjective form is “akratic”. — Akrasia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Efforts to modify the behavior had been unsuccessful. The patient stated, “Eating these eggs ruins my life, but I can’t help it. — Normal Plasma Cholesterol in an 88-Year-Old Man Who Eats 25 Eggs a Day — NEJM
When someone from Argos pointed out that Spartans were susceptible to being corrupted by foreign travel, Eudamidas replied “But you, when you come to Sparta, do not become worse, but better. — Laconic phrase - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In an account from Herodotus, “When the banished Samians reached Sparta, they had audience of the magistrates, before whom they made a long speech, as was natural with persons greatly in want of aid. Accordingly at this first sitting the Spartans answered them that they had forgotten the first half of their speech, and could make nothing of the remainder. Afterwards the Samians had another audience, whereat they simply said, showing a bag which they had brought with them, ‘The bag wants flour.’ The Spartans answered that they did not need to have said ‘the bag’; however, they resolved to give them aid. — Laconic phrase - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Inspired by the Greek resistance during the Italian and German invasions, Churchill said, “Hence we will not say that Greeks fight like heroes, but that heroes fight like Greeks”. — Battle of Greece - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dunbar’s number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is, and how each person relates to every other person. Proponents assert that numbers larger than this generally require more restrictive rules, laws, and enforced norms to maintain a stable, cohesive group. No precise value has been proposed for Dunbar’s number. It has been proposed to lie between 100 and 230, with a commonly used value of 150. — Dunbar’s number - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia