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The Rare Skill of Listening to Others

One of the rules proposed by Jordan Peterson in his book 12 Rules for Life says: Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t (Rule 9). Peterson explains a simple rule proposed by American psychologist Carl Rogers to help us listen to what the other person is saying: Summarize what people have said to you, and ask them if you have understood properly. Sometimes they will accept your summary. Read more...
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Difficult Decisions

Sometimes, you have to make a decision that implies choosing between two negative outcomes. This is called the lesser evil principle. How do you make the best decision in this context? Some ideas that may help. Part of what makes this kind of decision difficult is that it is hard to accept that we are going to loose either way. However, because the damage derived from each choice is not the same, it is important to have clarity about which negative consequences we are willing to bear, and which not. Read more...
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Decisiones difíciles

A veces hay que tomar una decisión que implica escoger entre dos opciones malas. Es lo que se llama decidir por el mal menor. ¿Cómo llegar a la mejor decisión en este contexto? Detallo a continuación algunas consideraciones que pueden ayudarnos a tomar una buena decisión. Parte de la dificultad es aceptar que en los dos casos perderemos. Sin embargo, no en los dos casos el daño es el mismo. Ante el dilema del mal menor, es importante tener claro cuáles de las consecuencias negativas estamos dispuestos a sufrir y cuáles no. Read more...
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How to Choose What Books to Read

Picking what books to read is always challenging. Time is limited, and even the fastest reader can only read a handful of books in her lifetime. Through the years I’ve collected some criteria for choosing what I read, either by experience or by stealing from greater minds, which can help you in the process of choosing the right books. Long-term value: will what you learn from this book be relevant in the long-term, say, in 10 years or more1? Read more...
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Facebook, la empresa de publicidad

Facebook hace dinero recolectando información sobre sus usuarios y vendiéndola como publicidad cuidadosamente segmentada. El 2019, Facebook tuvo ingresos por 55,838 millones de dólares, de los cuales el 98% fueron por venta de publicidad (55,838 millones). Si usar Facebook es gratis, no es porque Facebook sea una empresa generosa, sino porque nosotros somos el producto. El identifier for advertisers es una característica de iOS que, cuando está habilitada, permite que las aplicaciones recolecten nuestros datos de uso de apps y websites. Read more...
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