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"I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm pretty sure what you heard is not what I meant." - A. Greenspan (apocryphal, surely

I suspect the above is true of me and my course, but I hope you heard some things that you'll find useful.

"To know that you know what you know and that you do not know what you do not know: that's the essence of true knowledge." - Confucius 

And recall Soros's claim: "I'm only rich because I know when I'm wrong." 

Please practice asking -- in your own polite way -- the second magic question: How do you know that? Know what's bullshit, and don't bullshit -- too much -- yourself. 

Of course, the first magic question is always: What is the objective? Let your answer to that drive everything. 

I've put my materials below. Please buy your colleagues idli and sambar next Friday and share this point of view with them. You'll help me help you make these ideas stick if you practice teaching them to other people -- that really helps a lot.  

Some of you asked for book recommendations. Here's a book that covers some important things that we did not have time to cover: Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Practice the Principle of Charity. Dance, don't fight. And above all don't be ordinary -- there's too much of that. 
N

Note: I have become progressively more uncomfortable with the way the most people use email. I do not find that most email exchanges are very useful -- they're too cheap to initiate and too prone to misunderstandings -- and believe that spending one's (read: my) life typing emails is a terrible way to live. I prefer not to live my life that way -- I enjoy conversations dearly, but not email exchanges -- and have decided not to reply to most email I receive. If you email me and I don't reply, please don't take offense. It's not about you. I hope that by not replying systematically I will receive fewer and fewer emails over time -- and have more time for life. So far that's been working. What's the Objective? To have a good, meaningful life. For me, spending hours a day on email is incompatible with that objective. Thanks, N  

Where's M.?

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Here're those word lists. Be sure *not* to read the critical word out (i.e., "sleep" and "doctor") when reading the list.


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