Since undergraduate degrees have a strong tendency to be inimically detrimental to the learning process, the Psychology of Shortcuts, or more specifically the undeniably powerful shortcuts that comprise the Psychology of Shortcuts work for more than ninety nine percent of those who have not graduated college, but only works for as little as forty-five to fifty percent of college graduates. In a nutshell, coming from the mind and mouth of a man who reads more in a month than a college student reads in two years and has done so for many hundreds of months in a row, college has three huge deficits that are correctable.
First and foremost is the pupil. By this point your parent has either failed or succeeded in raising you to understand along with the staggering cost of college the desire to learn rather than spend thousands of minutes on puerile pursuits. Those who have a college degree are identical to a full eighty percent of the nation's carpenters, electricians, plumbers, dentists, and most everyone else earning a living with a set of skills. They're identical in that where a tradesman will tell you they have twenty years of experience when in fact they may have four years experience repeated five times over in the past twenty years, or even two years' worth of experience repeated ten times over the past two decades, the college graduate really believes he or she has accumulated great knowledge. That's not only silly, it's injurious to your own interests, goals, and lifetime performance probabilities.
Do you understand as fully as you think you do? Really and truly? Every life form on earth has an identically identifiable moment of the death process beginning. It is at the precise and oh-so-measurable moment when the growth process ceases. No known exceptions so far.
In the case of humans, it's even more identifiable and can be nailed down to a moment so unique it's labeled forever with ,get this if you really like detailed records, a year, a month, a day, an hour, a minute AND a second, and even down to which precise tenth of a second within the hundredth of a second marking the moment that every living entity begins its obviously ultimately individualized death process, chronologically speaking. Just think of that. No less than eight separate markers which count among the most precise available to the human race's comprehension. Go ahead, count them: year, month, day, hour, minute, second, tenth of a second, hundredth of a second. Sure, you can even get nanized here, to the billionth of a second if you so choose.
The moment of all life's personal death processes, including yours, begins the identical nano-second, which is indeed just one billionth of a second, that the growth process stops.
How frustrating to someone with a partially developed mind that those with barely-developed minds think they understood the previous sentence. That's why they're not leaping up into the next level of their own excellence. They're college educated, and sincerely believe, good-hearted and knave alike, that they "already know enough to make a better decision."
hm. That doesn't exactly explain how more than two and a half thousand Americans are diagnosed with cancer every day, half of whom are assured of dying within one year because they are so scared of dying that they listen to men who charge them many hundreds of thousands of dollars to take toxic poisons, as if such things could work. Yet again, another loving parent on this very day has authorized their young child, not even ten years of age yet, to undergo a therapy that is absolutely guaranteed to kill between eight and ten of all those children, since only irradiated iodine for thyroid cancer is effective; all other forms have success rates below five percent. It doesn't mean that the parents don't love their kids, they're simply so afraid of their child dying that they listen to men and women who charge many thousands of dollars in order to live lives more focused on personal comfort than in service. Meanwhile, the noble few don't even get a decent living, so you can create as many arguments as you wish without changing one fact: people believe they already possess enough information with which to make better decisions. The Psychology of Shortcuts is out to teach people that they are, for the most part, even when they're very smart, still in need of more and better information. You already know and agree that better information leads to better decisions. Walk that backwards to the present moment and you'll find, of course, that you do indeed require newer and better information in every situation you approach with a desire or need to improve or resolve. Each time we fail to maintain that high standard of continuing improvement, we prove it with decisions that are far from qualifying as "best decisions. A typical instance of this can be observed you are making loving decisions, who consistently outproduce those around them - thanks to shortcuts. Eough they are not well-informed decisions.
What a perfect example sickness provides. In every single case, you can, in a matter of weeks or at the very most, months, become more expert than at least eighty percent of all the medical doctors on earth by simply focusing on the one area of concern that most affects you. Who wouldn't be intimidated the first time they hear words like "cytoblastoma" or "extensive weakness in the liver" or a hundred others? That doesn't mean you can't look it up and then learn everything there is to know. Let's give you a nice surprise here.
Because there are so many different fields of human interest, no one is expected to excel in more than one or two or three. That's a fine showcase of insanity. The typical human, by the age of 21, has thousands and thousands of skills. More than a few of these thousands of skills are demonstrated by most humans at world-class. Walking, tying your shoelaces, pouring a glass of water from a pitcher without spilling it. These are all skills that you have honed to a fine point. Other than the first and last seconds of pouring that water, you could actually do it with your eyes closed, couldn't you? Since other people can also do it, you've never once stopped to consider how many sophisticated trigonometric and other mathemtical computations you have to input, process, and execute, involving a combination of your mind and body working together.
When you place a key in a door and successfully unlock it, you're performing many dozens of smaller tasks, with very little gear-grinding. It's usually a smooth operation, seeming to be just a couple of simple motions, which is not at all true.
Do you take your left hand and reach across to your right-hand pants pocket? Of course not. Do you reach your hand behind your body to get to the right-hand pants pocket? Again, the answer is no. When you get into your pocket, do you push your hand upwards to reach the key? No. You reach downwards.
We can continue on this way, slicing up all the tiny and yet and still highly-sophisticated actions, and we haven't even discussed the prehensile feat yet, where you're actually going to grab something that you cannot see and yet know with confidence if it's your big fat car key or skinny little padlock key.
Finally, in this triad of examples, you're asked if you've ever caught something that someone has thrown to you. If so, the show's over, the point is made, you now understand that in order to catch a flying object you must successfully compute speed and direction and parabolic arc along with other features of geometric computation that allows you to grasp the object at the precise time it finds itself in a precisely defined cubic space, where your brain computed and predicted its location to be. More, you manage to do all this in a rather tiny piece of time, proving for the hundred thousandth or five millionth time that you are in possession and control of highly sophisticated equipment. Science and experience teach us very clearly that highly sophisticated equipment is limited only by our imagination with regard to what it's capable of doing for you, capable of providing to you.
Billions and billions and billions of brain cells, each one capable of magnificence, exclusive of birth status, religion, sex, color, height, weight, or a score of other labels. Hundreds of thousands of feet of the most precise wiring the world has seen thus far.
Unlimited internal resources at our disposal, and yet we simply choose to think we can or can't based on what others think and do. That's a great place to internally embrace the Psychology of Shortcuts, because the Psychology of Shortcuts itself is a commitment, an internal and external commitment to care lessa about the opinion of others in order to focus on accelerated resolution.
Think of the people who graduate at the bottom ten percent or twenty percent of their medical class. Do you know what we call them? Oh, yes you do know that we call them "Doctor." Eight
This means that no less than two of every ten doctors are automatically less skilled than you are in matters of education. Might well be far more than those twenty of every one hundred. We're only referring here to the comparison between you and those who graduate in the bottom twenty percent of their calss.
Secondly, no one's asking you to learn even one one hundredth of what a student needs to earn a medical license. Do you understand this? NOT EVEN ONE ONE-HUNDREDTH of what they have to memorize and assimilate, to their considerable credit. You only need to learn about one narrow focus area: What is the problem and what resulutions have the highest rate of success and which ones are natural so that we can use three or four or five or six or seven natural remedies at the same time if necessary, or fifty if necessary, as long as we have two perfectly or near-perfectly common traits: that they have a proven track record through all of history for working which includes every single thing you can think of in the way of diseases outside of exposure to manmade chemicals that did not exist long ago, and secondly, they must not have any poor interaction with each other. Name any human malady that supposedly requires a pharmaceutical answer and you will be proven worng in a matter of seconds, thanks to the speed of the internet. Choose any one of two thousand or three thousand of the more popular search engines and directories and ask for whatever you want. You will find it, even if you have to wade through a bit of garbage. Healing naturally is the most natural of functions. Try working with it instead of against it, by avoiding substances that are known to damage the body. That means every single pharmaceteutical, because every pharmaceutical has unpleasant or deadly side effects. Learn more so you can live more.
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