Saturday, January 8, 2022

book: Rationality

book with scientific explanations about "strange" human behaviors

Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters | Steven Pinker

Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters: Pinker, Steven: 9780525561996: Books

Steven Pinker - Wikipedia

Rationality (book) - Wikipedia

Talks at Google - Ep203 - Steven Pinker | Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters

reason: some of math foundations for statistics and ML (Machine Learning)
are not very easy for default human thinking

most humans in fact do behave rationally based on limited context ("tribe")

Bayes' theorem - Wikipedia

describes the probability of an event, based on prior knowledge of conditions that might be related to the event. 

expresses how a degree of belief, expressed as a probability, should rationally change to account for the availability of related evidence

Prisoner's dilemma - Wikipedia

game analyzed in game theory that shows why two completely rational individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so

Tragedy of the commons - Wikipedia

is a situation in which individual users, who have open access to a resource unhampered by shared social structures or formal rules that govern access and use, act independently according to their own self-interest and, contrary to the common good of all users, cause depletion of the resource through their uncoordinated action

Saturday, January 1, 2022

book: Working Backwards (

Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon: Bryar, Colin, Carr, Bill: 9781250267597: Books


Amazon Narratives: Memos and working Backwards From Release | Future @ a16z

"authors Colin Bryar and Bill Carr share not only how Amazon did it, but how other companies can do it, too, drawing on their combined 27 years of firsthand observations and experiences from being in “the room” where it happens. Bill was vice president of digital media, founded and led Amazon Music, Amazon Video, Amazon Studios; and Colin started out in the software group, was a technical vice president, and then, notably, was one of Jeff Bezos’ earliest shadows — the shadow before him was in fact Andy Jassy, president and CEO of Amazon Web Services & Amazon.

Summary of Working Backwards by Colin Bryar and Bill Carr | Summaries.Com

  1. Have solid leadership principles.
  2. Use hiring to progressively raise the bar.
  3. Organize so you have single-threaded leaders.
  4. Communicate using narratives and six-pagers.
  5. Start with the desired customer experience.
  6. Manage your business inputs, not outputs.

Business Book Main Idea Snapshot Index | Summaries.Com