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Super Thinking Summary
A summary of the book 'SuperThinking' (with illustrations) to help you remember the core concepts. For more insights go to: https://www.8020rule.co/post/how-to-write-better-copy
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What is the phrase to remember 'Super Thinking'?
The devil wants to play a fair game of tennis. What would happen if he rejected established norms and randomly adopted and inverted the variables of the game by: wearing a grey shirt, eating pork chops and placebo pills while reading a dictionary.
What does 'The devil' refer to?
Overcome confirmation bias by playing devil's advocate
Why is the devil dressed in a grey shirt?
A1: Using 'thinking in grey concept' to Overcome confirmation bias.
A2: The Shirky (shirt!) principle. Institutions will try and preserve the problem to which they are the solution.
What does 'fair' refer to?
Unfairness Triggers strong emotions. People know this and will try to influence by framing situations from a fairness perspective.
What does 'playing tennis' refer to?
Use the idea from tennis of 'Unforced Errors' when making decisions.
What does 'what would happen' refer to
Use counterfactual thinking by asking 'what would have happen(ed)' if I did a/b/c. How would it have changed the outcome?
What does 'reject' and 'norms' refer to?
Rejecting evidence that contradicts established norms is known as the Semmelweis Reflex. For example, doctors washing their hands before surgery.
What does 'random' and the 'dictionary' refer to?
Choose a random object or noun from the dictionary and try and associate it with your idea.
What does 'adapted' refer to?
Adaptability is vital to our success, we are surrounded by chaotic systems.
What does 'invert' refer to?
Invert always Invert. Inversion can unlock new ideas and solutions.
What do 'pork chops' refer to?
When making changes to a situation or system, think about (CHOPS):
What do 'placebo pills' refer to?
The Placebo Effect - The BMJ reported that in trials of fake surgeries, 74% saw some improvement and in 51% they improved about as much as the actual surgeries.
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