Rules to improve your writing

The advice from "The Elements of Style" by Strunk and White and "On Writing Well" by Zinsser. The primary philosophy is that if you can't write well, then you haven't thought it through. The act of writing is an act of reasoning.

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Published on Feb 04, 2021


Portraying staged events(like wrestling) as real - including the internal politics, rivalries and relationships.

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Published on Feb 02, 2021

Motivational Interview

When trying to change someone's mind on something, try to find their own internal reason to change. This can be done by talking to them - asking open ended questions and listening to understand their reasons. You can do this by asking how they plan to implement their philosophy - this will show them the gaps in their understanding of the situation(Illusion Of Explanatory Depth).

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Published on Jan 31, 2021

Shorting the market

You do this when you expect the value of a stock to go down. You borrow a stock from a broker and sell it immediately at the current price. When the stock price falls, you buy the stock back at the lower price and return the shares you borrowed to the brocker - keeping the difference.

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Published on Jan 29, 2021

Cost of Mistrust

The decreased trust in others is both the reason to and result of decreased participation in communal activities. Without trust, we have to find costly ways to formalize our relationship(eg. creating a contract).

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Published on Jan 27, 2021

Cognitive Dissonance

When someone holds beliefs, ideas, values that are contradictory to each other, it creates psychological stress. People will do all they can to change them till it becomes consistent so as to reduce the stress.

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Published on Jan 22, 2021

Interactive Group Effect

When individuals in a group interact, they can sometimes reach results that would not have reached them if each had acted alone. Whole is more than the sum of its parts.

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Published on Jan 22, 2021

Social aspect of belief

There is a social aspect to belief, such that we may discount even the evidence of our own senses if we think that our beliefs are not in harmony with those around us. Peer pressure works. Just as we seek to have harmony within our own beliefs(Cognitive Dissonance), we also seek harmony with the beliefs of those around us.

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Published on Jan 22, 2021