Agreeing to not disagree – making all voices heard by consensus


“β„‚π• π•Ÿπ•€π•–π•Ÿπ•€π•¦π•€ π••π•–π•”π•šπ•€π•šπ• π•Ÿ-π•žπ•’π•œπ•šπ•Ÿπ•˜ π•šπ•€ π•€π•¦π•£π•‘π•£π•šπ•€π•šπ•Ÿπ•˜π•π•ͺ 𝕖𝕗𝕗𝕖𝕔π•₯π•šπ•§π•– π•šπ•Ÿ 𝕓𝕠π•₯𝕙 π•”π• π•žπ•žπ•¦π•Ÿπ•šπ•₯π•šπ•–π•€ π•’π•Ÿπ••Β π•¨π• π•£π•œπ•‘π•π•’π•”π•–π•€” || πŸ†ƒπŸ…ΈπŸ…» βœ… Voting may seem the quickest route to a resolution, but it isn’t the best way to enrol everyone. Voting can silence dissenting voices and thwart creativity. βœ… Consensus decision-making leads to broader engagement. No proposal is adopted until every concern is heard, understood and addressed. … increases how much you care for them and view them as people. βœ… A specific model: first, create a core values statement, and measure all practices and procedures against it. Next, develop a “This is how we do it” document.

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πŸ”‘ decision, consensus, voting, community

Good “dumb questions” can flush out valuable information


“π•Šπ•₯𝕠𝕑 π•₯𝕣π•ͺπ•šπ•Ÿπ•˜ π•₯𝕠 π•’π•€π•œ “π•€π•žπ•’π•£π•₯ 𝕒𝕦𝕖𝕀π•₯π•šπ• π•Ÿπ•€” || πŸ†ƒπŸ…ΈπŸ…» βœ… A Smart Question is a query designed to advertise the wisdom of the asker. … how counterproductive feigning intelligence [is] during the process of trying to collect [information]. βœ… Big Dumb Questions (BDQs) … Really revelatory and surprising answers can come from extremely basic questions.

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πŸ”‘ question

I like it because …


“π•Žπ•™π•ͺ 𝕕𝕠 𝕨𝕖 π•π•šπ•œπ•– 𝕨𝕙𝕒π•₯ 𝕨𝕖 π•π•šπ•œπ•–?” ||πŸ†ƒπŸ…ΈπŸ…» βœ…Β We build our understanding of the world based on how much we enjoy certain aspects of it. The object does not have inherent hedonistic worth. βœ…Β Symmetry, balance, and the golden ratio, among others, have been proposed as factors in how we evaluate aesthetic quality. βœ…Β But, valuation systems are flexible, not dogmatic.

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πŸ”‘ #value #esthetic #quality

Like ice cream, happiness comes in flavours


𝔽𝕝𝕒𝕧𝕠𝕦𝕣𝕀 𝕠𝕗 π•™π•’π•‘π•‘π•šπ•Ÿπ•–π•€π•€” || πŸ†ƒπŸ…ΈπŸ…» βœ…Β There are two types of happiness: hedonic and eudaimonic. βœ…Β Hedonic happiness stems from activities which give fleeting pleasure; eudaimonic happiness is joy that has meaning and purpose. βœ…Β Moreover, we tend to derive greater satisfaction from experiences than from material possessions. βœ…Β We are under no compulsion to favour one over the other. Instead, we should aim to create a life that allows us to enjoy both.

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πŸ”‘Β happiness, meaning

You can’t take a walk on a map


“𝕋𝕙𝕖 π•žπ•’π•‘ π•šπ•€ π•Ÿπ• π•₯ π•₯𝕙𝕖 π•₯π•–π•£π•£π•šπ•₯𝕠𝕣π•ͺ” || πŸ†ƒπŸ…ΈπŸ…» βœ… Maps are convenient models that help us navigate the complexities of the real world. Information is stripped in the interest of compactness. βœ… They are poor pointers to the risks strewn across the path. People often mistake maps for true representations of the world.

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πŸ”‘Β map, territory, fallacy, model

New hope for social media?


“𝕋𝕙𝕖 π•’π•˜π•– 𝕠𝕗 π•€π• π•”π•šπ•’π• π•žπ•–π••π•šπ•’ π•šπ•€ π•–π•Ÿπ••π•šπ•Ÿπ•˜” || πŸ†ƒπŸ…ΈπŸ…» βœ… Social media offered both opportunity and calamity. βœ… Regrettably, it has resulted in a positively deranged, psychopathic portrayal of human sociality. The more emotionally charged the content, the faster it spreads via the networks. βœ… Facebook and Twitter’s potential demise presents an opportunity to accept their destruction… and allow the emergence of better alternatives.

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πŸ”‘Β social media, downfall, opportunity, Mastodon

Show me the menu, anyway


π•Žπ•™π•ͺ 𝕨𝕖 π••π•–π•žπ•’π•Ÿπ•• π•”π•™π• π•šπ•”π•–π•€ 𝕓𝕦π•₯ π••π• π•Ÿ’π•₯ π•π•šπ•œπ•– π•”π•™π• π• π•€π•šπ•Ÿπ•˜: π•₯𝕙𝕖 𝕕𝕖𝕗𝕒𝕦𝕝π•₯ 𝕖𝕗𝕗𝕖𝕔π•₯” ||Β πŸ†ƒπŸ…ΈπŸ…»Β βœ…Β We enjoy having options, but dislike making decisions. Choices give us a sense of control. βœ… When given a choice, however, we tend to prefer the default option: the default effect. Our survival instinct, hardwired to prevent loss, instructs us to avoid potentially dangerous circumstances.βœ…Β Infuse a little more effort into your decision-making. Consider following the wise counsel of Robert Frost to choose “the road less traveled.

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πŸ”‘Β choice, decision, default

Using charts to misinform and fool people

➑️ π•Œπ•€π•šπ•Ÿπ•˜ 𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕣π•₯𝕀 π•₯𝕠 π•žπ•šπ•€π•π•–π•’π•• π•’π•Ÿπ•• 𝕗𝕠𝕠𝕝 𝕑𝕖𝕠𝕑𝕝𝕖 — Most of us struggle with making sense of numbers and data. Charts are the most common method of making numerical data understandable. Like all tools, they can be used for education just as well as for misinformation. Here’s a common example of how bar graphs can manipulate the viewer’s judgment.

βœ… Key words:Β charts, statistics, misinformation, data

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πŸ’¬ “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.” β€” Andrew Lang
πŸ’¬ “Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.” β€” Mark Twain, who also said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics” — which he in turn attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, the British politician.
πŸ’¬ “Sanity is not statistical.” β€” George Orwell (1984)
πŸ’¬ “Miracles are statistical improbabilities. And fate is an illusion humanity uses to comfort itself in the dark. There are no absolutes in life, save death.” β€” Amie Kaufman

Rules of thumb (heuristics) can be better than algorithms

Key words:Β algorithm, heuristics, rule-of-thumb, decision


ABOUT THIS SERIES OF CARDS: β€œMen follow their sentiments and their self-interest, but it pleases them to imagine that they follow reason. And so they look for, and always find, some theory which, a posteriori, makes their actions appear to be logical.” β€” Vilfredo Pareto