Bit of a Tangent

013 | How To Learn Anything!

September 2, 2019

We’ve all heard about the importance of learning. We’ve all heard about the importance of learning how to learn. Well, on this episode Gianluca and Jared dive into both of these topics. They discuss the philosophies of learning they’ve encountered on their own journeys, and share several key tricks that they’ve found most helpful over the years! Along the way they discovered a new way to think about how to keep your knowledge up to date in an ever changing world!

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This essay by Michael Nielsen is what spurred me to say we might need a follow up. It’s definitely worth a read: 

Cultural evolution primer by Scott Alexander: 

Tim Urban’s Elon Musk blog posts: - the last post in the series changed Jared’s life

Poor Charlie’s Almanack:

Shane Parrish on Chauffeur knowledge:

The Sequences by Eliezer Yudkowski: 

We’ve include some relevant essays from the sequences to today’s conversation below:

Taboo Your Words:

Cached Thoughts:

Replace The Symbol with The Substance:

Truly Part of You:

Living By Your Own Strength:

Learning How to Learn course: 


r/medicalschoolanki decks: 

Jared used in his earlier years of medschool

Testing effect: 

Deliberate practice: 

Desirable difficulty: 

Method of Loci: 

Expecting Short Inferential Distances by Eliezer Yudkowski: 

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter: 

Conversations with Tyler podcast:

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