Author Topic: Thinking Strategically - Dixit & Nalebuff  (Read 8656 times)

netnet

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Re: Thinking Strategically - Dixit & Nalebuff
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2014, 09:41:53 AM »
My reading queue is ridiculously long -- there are currently 40+ books on my Kindle and, with the addition of Adapt, 60 books on my wishlist.

At least I'm doing my best to fulfill Munger's thought that we should all be a little wiser at the end of the day than we were at the beginning of the day.

Get a book on speed reading.  I liked Breakthrough Rapid Reading http://www.amazon.com/Breakthrough-Rapid-Reading-Peter-Kump/dp/073520019X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404750511&sr=1-1&keywords=speed+reading

I read Thinking Strategically many years ago, when that was book was new and ( I was too).  I don't really remember it but  game theory is definitely in my mental model toolkit.  I will have to go back and reread it.  Thanks for the suggestion!


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Re: Thinking Strategically - Dixit & Nalebuff
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2014, 10:10:14 AM »
what are some interesting ones that you still need to read merkhet? I have the opposite problem really. Probably read like 40 books last year and thiis half year. And I am starting to run out of interesting books to read.

If I was really rich I would have  a book summarizer. Someone who reads the books and tells me within one hour what the key points where. Some books like Nassim Taleb's books really ramble on for way too long. Some of them you can read for 50% and not really need to read the rest as it is mostly filler.

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Re: Thinking Strategically - Dixit & Nalebuff
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2014, 11:10:28 AM »
I actually took a speed reading course when I was in high school. It wasn't for me. There's a big difference for me between slow and contemplative reading vs. speed reading. My mind just can't make the connections that I need it to make when I approach reading that way. Speed isn't really the goal -- knowledge acquisition and integration is the goal. Speed might help (1) but it's a hinderance for (2).

My book list is rather esoteric. I have a Brian Greene book on there about string theory, Elizabeth Warren's biography, a book on the role of privilege in admissions for higher education, The House of Morgan, Outlaws of the Marsh (a Chinese classic), Barbarians at the Gate and Think Like a Freak, etc.

Generally, my books fall into a few categories (1) math/science, (2) psychology, (3) biographies, (4) business history, (5) education policy and (6) random literature.

I agree that a lot of books have filler, but I think of the filler the way I think of Supreme Court decisions. Sure, I can just skip to the parts where they talk about the decision and the breakdown of the justices that voted for each one -- but it's way more helpful to read the entire exposition to understand the thought process that went into the decision.

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Re: Thinking Strategically - Dixit & Nalebuff
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2014, 08:03:06 PM »
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There's a big difference for me between slow and contemplative reading vs. speed reading. My mind just can't make the connections that I need it to make when I approach reading that way. Speed isn't really the goal -- knowledge acquisition and integration is the goal. Speed might help (1) but it's a hinderance for (2).
I would respectfully suggest that speed reading and knowledge acquisition are totally compatible, at least the way I do it.  Part of the reading process is to stop, make the connections, ask questions then dive back in.  I think what you learned in high school was not the half of it!  If you can read/scan something three times (in the half the time it takes some to make one pass) and make the connections that I submit is great knowledge acquisition, but it is not easy and contemplative.

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Re: Thinking Strategically - Dixit & Nalebuff
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2014, 08:18:27 PM »
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There's a big difference for me between slow and contemplative reading vs. speed reading. My mind just can't make the connections that I need it to make when I approach reading that way. Speed isn't really the goal -- knowledge acquisition and integration is the goal. Speed might help (1) but it's a hinderance for (2).
I would respectfully suggest that speed reading and knowledge acquisition are totally compatible, at least the way I do it.  Part of the reading process is to stop, make the connections, ask questions then dive back in.  I think what you learned in high school was not the half of it!  If you can read/scan something three times (in the half the time it takes some to make one pass) and make the connections that I submit is great knowledge acquisition, but it is not easy and contemplative.

I think this is probably a personal preference thing. *shrug*

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Re: Thinking Strategically - Dixit & Nalebuff
« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2014, 06:20:01 AM »

The Hartford book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Undercover-Economist-Tim-Harford/dp/0345494016 . All his books are interesting reads imho.

My favorite is Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure, which I highly recommend. I think this book is so useful I have given copies to my daughter and some of my students.

That's a strong recommendation. I added it to the list!

Whenever I go to a movie that has been highly recommended I am usually disappointed. So I hope you won't be disappointed with Adapt because of my recommendation.