Jacob's Pondering Quotes

Last sync: 28th of November 2022.

A collection of quotes that made me think or that I still need to think about.

Jacob's Pondering Quotes

“When a country is largely owned by foreigners, there is a recurrent and almost irrepressible social demand for expropriation.”

27 Nov 2022 at 10:02 am
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Piketty

“To sum up, historical experience suggests that the principal mechanism for convergence at the international as well as the domestic level is the diffusion of knowledge.”

26 Nov 2022 at 12:50 pm
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Piketty

“An example of this is the famous “veil of ignorance” proposed by philosopher John Rawls in his influential Theory of Justice. In order to figure out the most fair and equitable way to structure society, he proposed that the designers of said society operate behind a veil of ignorance. This means that they could not know who they would be in the society they were creating. If they designed the society without knowing their economic status, their ethnic background, talents and interests, or even their gender, they would have to put in place a structure that was as fair as possible in order to guarantee the best possible outcome for themselves.”

19 Sep 2022 at 9:37 pm
The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts
Shane Parrish

“In life and business, the person with the fewest blind spots wins.”

5 Sep 2022 at 9:26 pm
The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts
Shane Parrish

“The most effective way to sap distraction of its power is just to stop expecting things to be otherwise – to accept that this unpleasantness is simply what it feels like for finite humans to commit ourselves to the kinds of demanding and valuable tasks that force us to confront our limited control over how our lives unfold.”

31 Aug 2022 at 10:02 pm
Four Thousand Weeks
Oliver Burkeman

“The alternative approach is to fix a hard upper limit on the number of things that you allow yourself to work on at any given time. In their book Personal Kanban, which explores this strategy in detail, the management experts Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry suggest no more than three items.4 Once you’ve selected those tasks, all other incoming demands on your time must wait until one of the three items has been completed, thereby freeing up a slot. (It’s also permissible to free up a slot by abandoning a project altogether if it isn’t working out. The point isn’t to force yourself to finish absolutely everything you start, but rather to banish the bad habit of keeping an ever-proliferating number of half-finished projects on the back burner.)”

31 Aug 2022 at 9:45 pm
Four Thousand Weeks
Oliver Burkeman

“From then on, goaded by the big industrialists and landlords, who stood to gain though the masses of the people were financially ruined, the government deliberately let the mark tumble in order to free the State of its public debts, to escape from paying reparations and to sabotage the French in the Ruhr.”

12 Jul 2022 at 9:52 pm
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Shirer, William

“When we travel, breaking from our everyday routine can allow us to develop new sides of ourselves. And when we return, we feel the lingering effects of those changes.
Why, then, don’t we do this all the time? Perhaps it is because deliberately constructing ritual moments in our “real” lives feels contrived.
But as-if moments can lead to tremendous movement.”

7 Jun 2022 at 10:04 pm
The Path
Michael Puett

“The eternal problem of the human being is how to structure his waking hours. In this existential sense, the function of all social living is to lend mutual assistance for this project.”

29 May 2022 at 9:31 pm
Games People Play
Eric Berne

“ I like the person I become when I read a lot of books. I dislike the person I become when I spend a lot of time on social media.”

28 Apr 2022 at 10:01 pm
Stolen Focus : Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again (9780593138526)
Hari, Johann

“But we told ourselves we could have a massive expansion in the amount of information we are exposed to, and the speed at which it hits us, with no costs. This is a delusion: “It becomes exhausting.” More importantly, Sune said, “what we are sacrificing is depth in all sorts of dimensions…. Depth takes time. And depth takes reflection. If you have to keep up with everything and send emails all the time, there’s no time to reach depth.”

25 Apr 2022 at 9:59 pm
Stolen Focus : Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again (9780593138526)
Hari, Johann

“It was designed to see what you could do to data to make it rise and fall at faster and faster rates in ways that resembled the decline in collective attention they had been documenting. What they discovered is there is one mechanism that can make this happen every time. You just have to flood the system with more information. The more information you pump in, the less time people can focus on any individual piece of it.”

25 Apr 2022 at 9:57 pm
Stolen Focus : Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again (9780593138526)
Hari, Johann

“Teams with fewer than four individuals are a sufficiently leaky abstraction that they function indistinguishably from individuals. To reason about a small team’s delivery, you’ll have to know about each on-call shift, vacation, and interruption.”

12 Apr 2022 at 9:55 pm
An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management
Will Larson

“a world where seekers satisfy their spiritual desires with a hodgepodge of nonreligious rituals practiced largely online. It’s a world where our closest confidantes can be found on Beyoncé fan forums and private Peloton Facebook groups, and where one’s ethics and identity are wrapped up in the influencers they follow, targeted ads they click through, and memes they repost.”

11 Apr 2022 at 9:14 pm
Cultish
Amanda Montell

“Excessive “garbage language” may signal that upper management is suppressing individuality, putting employees in a headspace where their entire reality is governed by the company’s rules, which likely weren’t created with much compassion or fairness in mind.”

23 Feb 2022 at 9:41 pm
Cultish
Amanda Montell

“a linguistic theory about the relationship between language and thought called the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, which says that while language does influence our ability to conceive of ideas, it does not determine it.”

14 Feb 2022 at 10:31 pm
Cultish
Amanda Montell

“Contentious debates aside, thought-terminating clichés also pervade our everyday conversations: Expressions like “It is what it is,” “Boys will be boys,” “Everything happens for a reason,” “It’s all God’s plan,” and certainly “Don’t think about it too hard” are all common examples.”

31 Jan 2022 at 9:56 pm
Cultish
Amanda Montell

“There are layers of limits around every growing plant, child, epidemic, new product, technological advance, company, city, economy, and population. Insight comes not only from recognizing which factor is limiting, but from seeing that growth itself depletes or enhances limits and therefore changes what is limiting.”

3 Jan 2022 at 8:45 pm
Thinking in Systems
Donella H. Meadows

“Equally, “brainwashing” is a term that is tossed around incessantly by the media, but that almost every expert I consulted for this book either avoids or rejects. “We don’t say that soldiers are brainwashed to kill other people; that’s basic training,” offers Moore. “We don’t say that fraternity members are brainwashed to haze* their [pledges]; that’s peer pressure.” Most of us tend to take “brainwashing” literally, imagining that some neurological rewiring occurs during cult indoctrinations. But brainwashing is a metaphor. There is nothing objective about it.”

1 Jan 2022 at 11:17 pm
Cultish
Amanda Montell

“It’s only by doing something that serves no concrete survival function that artists are able to advertise their survival surplus.”

9 Nov 2021 at 10:31 pm
The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life
Robin Hanson

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