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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Shownotes:

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

Cultural evolution primer by Scott Alexander: https://slatestarcodex.com/2019/06/04/book-review-the-secret-of-our-success/ 

Tim Urban’s Elon Musk blog posts: https://waitbutwhy.com/2017/03/elon-musk-post-series.html - the last post in the series changed Jared’s life https://waitbutwhy.com/2015/11/the-cook-and-the-chef-musks-secret-sauce.html

Poor Charlie’s Almanack: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/944652.Poor_Charlie_s_Almanack

Shane Parrish on Chauffeur knowledge: https://fs.blog/2015/09/two-types-of-knowledge/

The Sequences by Eliezer Yudkowski: https://www.lesswrong.com/rationality 

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

Taboo Your Words: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/WBdvyyHLdxZSAMmoz/taboo-your-words

Cached Thoughts: https://www.lesswrong.com/s/pmHZDpak4NeRLLLCw/p/2MD3NMLBPCqPfnfre

Replace The Symbol with The Substance: https://www.lesswrong.com/s/SGB7Y5WERh4skwtnb/p/GKfPL6LQFgB49FEnv

Truly Part of You: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/fg9fXrHpeaDD6pEPL/truly-part-of-you

Living By Your Own Strength: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/dKGfNvjGjq4rqffyF/living-by-your-own-strength

Learning How to Learn course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-how-to-learn/ 

Anki: https://apps.ankiweb.net/ 

r/medicalschoolanki decks: https://www.reddit.com/r/medicalschoolanki/ 

Jared used https://www.brosencephalon.com/flashcards/ in his earlier years of medschool

Testing effect: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Testing_effect 

Deliberate practice: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Practice_(learning_method) 

Desirable difficulty: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Desirable_difficulty 

Method of Loci: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Method_of_loci 

Expecting Short Inferential Distances by Eliezer Yudkowski: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/HLqWn5LASfhhArZ7w/expecting-short-inferential-distances 

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24113.G_del_Escher_Bach 

Conversations with Tyler podcast: https://conversationswithtyler.com/

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