32 minutes | Jan 17, 2021

76 - Visakan Veerasamy - A Friendly Ambitious Nerd [Public Limited Version]

You can find Visa’s book here: https://gumroad.com/l/friendlynerdbook Subscribe to Visa’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/visa Follow Visa on Twitter @visakanv Further References The wisdom of crowds concept is well described in Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner’s Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction (2015) See @naval’s Twitter account, whose approach I compare with Visakan’s Sonke Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes (2017) The Karate Kid (1984); Cobra Kai (2018—) Timestamps 03:18 Growing up online: how to use social media constructively to make friends and be a good member of the online community; the value of public comment spaces; the importance of scenes. 31:18 Why we no longer fear strangers in the internet age; the wisdom of crowds; public and private spaces and liminal spaces and the opportunities they bring. 47:22 Parasocial relationships; why Visakan’s approach brings him fans. 51:08 Social dark matter 57:18 What it means to be ambitious, the opportunities and dangers of idealism, the importance of public accountability 01:10:41 Getting addicted to interim stages 01:16:57 Note taking, tips for the writing process 01:33:15 Using statistical understanding to improve your marriage 01:38:52 What does mean to be a nerd? The value of pure curiosity.
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