Meco Reads - Issue 17 🚀
Ten mental models for learning 💭 James Cameron is back 🎥 Don't optimise your downtime 🪤
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This week's issue is more stripped back than usual, but don't worry – we’ve still got some killer links and learnings to share with you. And hey, it just goes to show that even when we're off the grid with patchy wifi, we’ve still got you covered with the latest and greatest reads.
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📖 5 Great Reads
"Just as understanding supply and demand helps you reason about economics problems, understanding mental models of learning will make it easier to think about learning problems.
Unfortunately, learning is rarely taught as a class on its own—meaning most of these mental models are known only to specialists. In this essay, I’d like to share the ten that have influenced me the most, along with references to dig deeper in case you’d like to know more."
You likely associate him with directing box office hits such as Avatar and The Terminator but did you know that he was the first person ever to dive to the deepest point in all of earth’s oceans? Take a closer look at Cameron as the world prepares to watch his Avatar sequel: The Way of Water.
Marriage is a journey, and like any journey, it can be filled with twists, turns, and lessons along the way. After 11 years of marriage, Anna K is ready to share her learnings around communication, love and teamwork. You can apply these to all important relationships in your life too!
"Over the past week or so, screenshots of conversations with ChatGPT, the newest iteration of the AI model developed by the research firm OpenAI, have gone viral on social media. [ChatGPT, it is an AI chatbot which responds to any question or prompt you give it]. People have directed the tool, which is freely available online, to make jokes, write TV episodes, compose music, and even debug computer code — all things I got the AI to do, too. More than a million people have now played around with the AI, and even though it doesn’t always tell the truth or make sense, it’s still a pretty good writer and an even more confident bullshitter."
Somehow taking time off and doing nothing productive made me feel guilty.Like, I was wasting my limited time on this planet on fruitless endeavours.And viral quotes like "you can sleep while you're dead" added fuel to the fire.But, here's the thing:Optimising downtime hasn't made me more productive either...
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🤭 A Bit of Fun
MrBeast's $1.5B YouTube empire - see how Jimmy Donaldson (aka MrBeast), the most followed person on YouTube, has turned his audience into a massive consumer business.
Interactive 3D visualization of Wikipedia - in this Wikipedia articles are visualized as stars in the galaxy.
Ever wondered how a QR code works? Nerdy but fascinating twitter thread on how QR codes work.
The psychology of menu design - every menu is a carefully constructed to persuade you into making certain decisions...
Where's today's Beethoven? - why have we not seen a musician as good as Beethoven in the last 200 years?
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