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Gurwinder Bhogal is a programmer and a writer. Gurwinder is one of my favourite Twitter follows. He’s written another monstrous thread exploring human nature, cognitive biases, mental models, status games, crowd behaviour and social media. It's one of the best things I've read this year, so I just h...

Gurwinder Bhogal is a programmer and a writer.

Gurwinder is one of my favourite Twitter follows. He’s written another monstrous thread exploring human nature, cognitive biases, mental models, status games, crowd behaviour and social media. It's one of the best things I've read this year, so I just had to bring him on.

Expect to learn why stupidity is more dangerous than evil, why most content has to appeal to midwits, why political debates are essentially mass-scaled ventriloquizism, how lower stakes lead to more vicious arguments, why the word retard is a strange choice as an unspeakable slur, why being a mess is more likeable than being perfect and much more…

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00:00 Intro
00:38 How Companies in the West Virtue-Signal
07:35 Bonhoeffer’s Theory of Stupidity
12:19 Mean World Syndrome
20:40 Two-Step Flow Theory
26:38 Introspection Illusion
33:58 Sayre’s Law
41:28 Nut-Picking
54:43 The Lesser Mind’s Problem
1:01:03 Discussing the Word ‘Retard’
1:09:38 The Law of Oligarchy
1:12:50 Noble Cause Corruption
1:18:58 Fire-Hosing
1:23:02 The Beautiful Mess Effect
1:32:20 Where to Find Gurwinder

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