General Knowledge Resources

Elon Musk’s 2 Rules For Learning Anything Faster

Summary:A structure to help you take over entire industries


The Person-Positivity Bias

Summary: Although related to the Pollyanna Principle, this phenomenon has its own term: person-positivity bias. It is based on the observation that people tend to like individuals more than the groups that the very same individuals compose (Sears, 1983). You might recognize this in some of your daily conversations—have you ever heard someone say something like, “I generally don’t like Red Sox fans, but you’re alright!” or “I hate lawyers, but this one’s not so bad.”


The More Victims, the Less Severe the Judgment

Summary: It has to do with the way empathy works, Slovic said. People empathize with people by putting themselves in the other person’s shoes. The more shoes there are, the harder it is to empathize with any single individual. People don’t multiply their feelings of empathy by the number of people involved.



The ‘scope-severity paradox’

Summary: Joseph Stalin once claimed that a single death was a tragedy, but a million deaths was a statistic. New research from the Kellogg School validates this sentiment, confirming that large-scale tragedies don’t connect with people emotionally in the same way smaller tragedies do.

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