On focusing on the wrong things and fooling ourselves
There's always so many smart perspectives, simply-expressed, tucked away in these newsletters. The density of insight is so calmly and confidently delivered. Reminds me a little of how Chris Rock talked about Ricky Gervais. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gsR2BuWV8c
Love the newsletter, every issue!
I need cleaning vibe to deal with all of this polarisation 💆♂️
I feel like this: https://www.tiktok.com/@thehollywoodfix/video/7278789128752303391
Love this. Have been thinking a lot about the economic situation we find ourselves in, much like everyone else. I think it will be a unique few years for sure as we deal with these combating pressures and imbalances. The point made about VR has always been how I feel about the "technology" but obviously articulated in a better way here. I'm still confused by Meta chasing the metaverse thing and knowing that VR is mostly a fad. Love the poem at the end, can we get the authors of these if you have them? Sometimes it feels like the nail is winning, sometimes it feels like it's losing to the ruby. At the end of the day, we can only control so much.
Great post as always!
Fascinating as usual. What I'm reminded of are the cognitive biases that enable and accelerate so much of why these things occur. My "favorites" (because I both understand them and believe them to be true) are:
1. Recency bias - the tendency to overemphasize the importance of recent experiences or the latest information we possess when estimating future events.
2. Anchoring - closely related to recency bias...an individual's judgements or decisions are influenced by a reference point or "anchor" which can be completely irrelevant. Both numeric and non-numeric anchoring exist.
3. Confirmation bias - people's tendency to process information by looking for, or interpreting, information that is consistent with their existing beliefs.
The internet has wildly exacerbated all three of these biases. Our caveman brains just can't adapt fast enough, sometimes it seems.
I love that you offer solutions.