December 24th, 2015

The goal of these mental filters, then, is to understand reality by improving our ability to judge the statements of experts, promoters, and persuaders of all kinds – Shane Parrish, Farnam Street blog

By Ron Nakamoto

The Farnam Street blog consistently delivers insights about wisdom, clear thinking, and the ability to make informed judgments (all admirable and necessary leadership qualities). In this post, Shane Parrish explores three essential "filters that help us interpret reality": the "literate filter" (understanding the true meaning behind the words); the "numerate filter" (applying simple math); and what he calls "ecolacy" which asks the question, "And then what" to explore consequences. These three tools, applied in combination, form an elegantly simple way of interpreting a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world.

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