Episode from the podcastModern Wisdom

#069 - George MacGill - Mental Models 101 - How To Make Better Decisions

Released Monday, 6th May 2019
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I'm joined by long time friend of the show and all round interesting individual George MacGill to break down how we can make better decisions in all areas of our lives by using Mental Models.
If you imagine that your mind is an operating system, Mental Models are the apps you install into it which improve your ability to effectively make decisions. Today we are upgrading our minds by thinking about thinking, as we delve into some of mine & George's favourite mental models along with a mass of our best examples and resources.
Huge thank you to Social Chain for letting me record in their beautiful studio and Video Guy Ollie from SC HQ for filming everything.
Extra Stuff:
Follow George on Twitter - https://twitter.com/george__mack
Farnam Street Blog - https://fs.blog/
Farnam Street's 109 Mental Models - https://fs.blog/mental-models/
The Great Mental Models Book by Shane Parrish - https://amzn.to/2VijWDE
Shane Parrish on Art Of Manliness - https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/mental-mod…
The Psychology Of Human Misjudgement by Charlie Munger (full speech) - https://youtu.be/pqzcCfUglws
Why Not To Start A Startup by Paul Graham - http://www.paulgraham.com/notnot.html
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Mental Models started with Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger. Shane Parrish popularized it. George MacGill is sort of an expert on mental models Great introduction for mental models Mental Models are recipes for all decision making. They can be analogies that helps you explain things Inversion - Instead of seeking excellence, avoid stupidity. example: instead of figuring out how to be happy, think of how to make a depressed person and avoid that. What mistakes George is avoiding in his 20s: 1. avoid discomfort 2. being around or working with ppl he doesnt admire 3. compounding his career 4. neglecting health 5. debt 6. toxic relationships 7. feedbackless environments power of contrast - cold water to warm water experiment he finds it fascinating that we live in the best time yet people are miserable. Attributes it to frog in gradual hot water metaphor. Being able to see the contrast is important! When you look at IG you are looking at "10/10" lives so if you have an "8/10" life you will feel that -2. If you go to a hospital you will look at 2/10 lives and will feel grateful for what you have. You'll feel that +6. Doublethink - you want black AND white thinking. Gray is where you go to die Identity can be a superpower (identify as a non-smoker) or something that clouds your thinking (politics) Signal vs noice - most info is noice. Always ask yourself “does this info help me make a better decision?” Lindy effect - how much something lasts is proportional to how long it's already been around. Says 99% of ppl consume only things that were made in the past 24 hrs Goal vs system - majority of goals aren’t met. It’s better to adopt a system than a goal. A system is something you do regularly. You’re more happy every time you follow through with the system. High agency is the most important personality trait. Asymmetrical risks - texting while driving Asymmetrical opportunity - DMs [57:35 - 1:00:43] Life is basically a videogame yet there are people that are great at videogames and bad at life. What do videogames have that life doesn't? (I would say life has real pain. Life doesnt have clear goals) - life doesn't have parameters, levels, identity (you dont feel bad when you fail or do something wrong because you are playing a diff character.) - if you can detatch yourself irl you will be able to level up faster inputs and outputs - extreme people get extreme results, normal ppl get normal rslts Practice being weird. Drill that into your head. Like Scott Adams Green Lumber fallacy- refers to a kind of fallacy where one mistakes one important kind of knowledge for another. A person can make a killer facebook page but not know the CEO of fb, cause that's not the necessary kind of knowledge for what he does. chauffeur knowledge - stuff that can be recited. read this: https://fs.blog/2015/09/two-types-of-knowledge/
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