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SEEKING WISDOM From Darwin to Munger --- 3

  • Oct 9, 2014 · 6:45 PM

Peter Bevelin begins his fascinating book with Confucius' great wisdom: "A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake." Seeking Wisdom is the result of Bevelin's learning about attaining wisdom. His quest for wisdom originated partly from making mistakes himself and observing those of others but also from the philosophy of super-investor and Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charles Munger. A man whose simplicity and clarity of thought was unequal to anything Bevelin had seen.

In addition to naturalist Charles Darwin and Munger, Bevelin cites an encyclopedic range of thinkers: from first-century BCE Roman poet Publius Terentius to Mark Twain from Albert Einstein to Richard Feynman from 16th Century French essayist Michel de Montaigne to Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett. In the book, he describes ideas and research findings from many different fields.

This book is for those who love the constant search for knowledge. It is in the spirit of Charles Munger, who says, "All I want to know is where I'm going to die so I'll never go there." There are roads that lead to unhappiness. An understanding of how and why we can "die" should help us avoid them. We can't eliminate mistakes, but we can prevent those that can really hurt us.

Using exemplars of clear thinking and attained wisdom, Bevelin focuses on how our thoughts are influenced, why we make misjudgments and tools to improve our thinking. Bevelin tackles such eternal questions as: Why do we behave like we do? What do we want out of life? What interferes with our goals?

Read and study this wonderful multidisciplinary exploration of wisdom. It may change the way you think and act in business and in life.

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3rd Meeting

Read and prepare to discuss Part 3 (pp[masked])
     Systems thinking 120
     Scale and limits 129
     Causes 135
     Numbers and their meaning 141
     Probabilities and number of possible outcomes 144
     Scenarios 158
     Coincidences and miracles 165
     Reliability of case evidence 169
     Misrepresentative evidence 176


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  • Graciela

    I wanted to apologize about the fact that, since I don't have an app, I didn't read Guis message until I got home at 9:30. Had I known, l would have prepared myself to co-lead the group. Jim and Dale more than likely assumed that I had read Guis message. But I concur that the group did well with full participation, and , as usual, an intellectually stimulating discussion was the norm.

    October 10, 2014

  • Jim C.

    6 healthy folks made it to the discussion tonight. Nice and thoughtful interaction by all, which carried us through the night.
    Format was to use themes and examples from the book section to launch into related discussion and expansion. With the free-form discussion comes risk of not giving the reading sections due attention, but we did cover all of Dale's book post-it notes and highlighted text, so i will take that as an indication of some success :)
    Thematically, section 3 gave us specific tools and methods for thinking wisely. Whereas Section 1 identified physical and developmental barriers to clear thinking, and Section 2 identified psychological barriers to clear thinking, Section 3 gave active methods of evaluating and assessing truth claims. Generally, for any claim or belief, look deeper for underlying reasons and support for the claim/belief - perhaps that is the essence of wisdom ;)

    October 9, 2014

  • Graciela

    I appreciate both Gui and Fred s consideration for the rest of us survivors , and wish them a speedy recovery.

    October 9, 2014

  • Gui

    I caught Fred's nasty cold and will save everyone else from catching this misery. See you next month for the conclusion of Seeking Wisdom.

    October 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed this group, but my schedule has become loaded with other obligations, so won't be able to join in for a while.

    October 9, 2014

  • Fred W.

    Won't be coming. Picked up a nasty cold and wouldn't want to spread it to others. Sorry

    October 9, 2014

  • Graciela

    Good! I totally agree.

    October 7, 2014

  • Gui

    Since we are meeting to discuss the reading - those who have not done the reading are welcome to listen - but participation is limited to those who have completed the reading.

    1 · October 6, 2014

  • Andreas G

    will be out of town

    September 15, 2014

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