Break it down and reason up

Few weeks back I was watching Jeff Bezos being interviewed by Charlie Rose. In it Bezos explained why space travel is expensive and what needs to be done to make it affordable. Bezos explained it by breaking down the constituents of rocket. And reasoning up by using first principles, which is the physics way of…

Think in Images

Take a look at the table given below. Which sentences comes alive to your mind’s eye when you read? If you’re not an alien then chances are very high that you will find the sentences on the right hand side more vivid and easier to remember. Why is that? These sentences contains phrases like (1) kiss…

Learning From Darwin

Every time I read Seeking Wisdom I learn something new. This time I came across the paragraph given below which refers to the autobiography of Charles Darwin. From this paragraph we can learn a lot about Darwin’s thinking habits. There are five things that I learned which I marked it as [1]…[5]. I think that…

Unconventional Wisdom

Imagine you are soccer player about to make a single penalty kick. The odds are in your favor as roughly 75 percent of penalty kicks ends up into the goal post. The ball travels at 80 miles per hour after it leaves your boot. At that speed the goal keeper need to guess the direction…

Thinking about miracles

Frances Griffiths and Elise Wright were two young English cousins. In 1917 they claimed that they took photographs with fairies. During that time photography was still a new thing and hence everyone believed that fairies were real. One of the believers was Sir Arthur Conan Doyale, creator of the famously infallible Sherlock Holmes. In the…

Fixed vs Growth Mindset

Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. During his first four seasons, he scored only 18 percent of shots in three-point range shooting. He worked very hard to improve his skill and ended up with a career average of 33 percent. He tells that If you try to shortcut the game, then the…