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SEEKING WISDOM From Darwin to Munger --- 4

  • Nov 13, 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?
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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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4th Meeting

Read and prepare to discuss Part 4 (pp[masked])
GUIDELINES TO BETTER THINKING 187
     Models of reality 189
     Meaning 199
     Simplification 212
     Rules and filters 218
     Goals 223
     Alternatives 225
     Consequences 228
     Quantification 231
     Evidence 238
     Backward thinking 244
     Risk 248
     Attitudes 252



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  • Richard A.

    5 stars

    November 13, 2014

  • Dale M.

    I will be late tonight. My apologies

    November 13, 2014

  • Graciela

    I am very sorry that I have to cancel at the last minute, but I was able to schedule a medical appt for this afternoon; otherwise I was going to have to wait until next week. Too bad because I have read the chapter. Hope that somebody else can take my spot.

    November 13, 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.

    November 10, 2014

    • Busybee

      That sounds like me. =p. Since I'm also likely to run an hour late, I'll leave the spot for someone who can make it on time.

      November 10, 2014

  • Busybee

    I really would like to attend, but I won't get there until 7:30ish because of a schedule conflict. Let me know if it'll be a problem. thanks.

    November 10, 2014

    • Gui

      Arriving late means you'll miss the beginning of the discussion. Come when you can.

      November 10, 2014

  • Jim C.

    High likelihood of missing this one due to being in MN week of 10th. I'll hold my spot here for a few more days to see if I can make this after all, but will know soon. Bummed because i have really enjoyed this group and have definitely found value and wisdom from our sharing.

    November 1, 2014

  • Andreas G

    since I am definitely missing the previous two, I'm bowing out of this one too.

    September 15, 2014

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