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New on LessWrong: Collecting and hoarding crap, useless information

LessWrong is one of my favorite discussion sites on the internet. It's a discussion site about rationality, and I highly recommend it. Don't be intimidated by how high the level of discussion gets sometimes - there's many good ways to get started. I wrote "You Should Probably Study Rationality" with some intro material. "References and Resources for LessWrong" was just posted today on LW and looks like a good starting point too.

Collecting and Hoarding Crap, Useless Information LessWrong discussion here: http://lesswrong.com/lw/2uu/collecting_and_hoarding_crap_useless_information/

I am realizing something that many, many intelligent people are guilty of - collecting and hoarding and accumulating crap, useless information. This is dangerous, because it feels like you're doing something useful, but you're not.

However, speaking personally - once I decide to start focusing and researching something systematically to get better at it, it gets harder to do. For instance, I taught myself statistics mostly using baseball stats. It was a fun, easy, harmless context to learn statistics.

I read lots of history and historical fiction. I read up lots on business and entrepreneurship. This is easy and fun and enjoyable.

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Ira Glass, the creator of This American Life and one of our generation's most prolific storytellers, has some great advice for artists that applies equally well to entrepreneurs:  There's a time in your life when you are making stuff that you know isn't as good as you want it to be. You just have to get through it, and keep doing lots of work to break past this point where most people quit.

Watch Ira tell it in detail:

Ira Glass, the creator of This American Life and one of our generation's most prolific storytellers, has some great advice for artists that applies equally well to entrepreneurs:  There's a time in your life when you are making stuff that you know isn't as good as you want it to be. You just have to get through it, and keep doing lots of work to break past this point where most people quit. Watch Ira tell it in detail:

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