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Seeking Wisdom From Darwin To Munger

4.36  ·  Rating Details ·  1,502 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Peter Bevelin begins his fascinating book with Confucius' great wisdom: "A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake." Seeking Wisdom is the result of Bevelin's learning about attaining wisdom. His quest for wisdom originated partly from making mistakes himself and observing those of others but also from the philosophy of super-i ...more
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Ted Trembinski
To start off, I think this book contains some really interesting and useful information. Let me break it down for you.

Part One: What Influences Our Thinking. This is essentially a quick wrap up of evolutionary psychology. If you want to know about this, I'd suggest The Red Queen by Matt Ridley (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16...). The supporting examples and case studies are explained more thoroughly.

Part Two: The Psychology of Misjudgments. This is just Psychology of Business. Behavior Ec
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Drew Johnson
Jan 21, 2013 Drew Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

More a compiliation of Buffet and Munger's words of wisdom than a book. As compiliations go, its pretty good. Some of my favorites:

Beliefs have biological consequences
Fear of loss is greater than the desire for gain
Our brain operates more on pattern recognition than logic
Cost of doing nothing can be greater than the cost of an action
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome
Human beings are good at interpreting new information so that prior conclusions remai
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R
Dec 10, 2013 R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 5 stars not because this is one of the best books I have read but because this is one of the best summary of ideas I ingested in last 2 years. I don't know how a casual reader with no prior exposure to topics covered in the book would ingest the densely packed material but if you are an ardent reader in topics such as decision science, finance and probability this book is nothing but a collection of ideas from these areas. If you have read 'Thinking, Fast and Slow', 50% of seeki ...more
Stephen Hultquist
May 31, 2011 Stephen Hultquist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very challenging read. It is dense, with vitally important insights packed on every page. How can we think clearly? Where do we find wisdom? Why do we trick ourselves?

All these questions and more are answered in these pages...

But, the book is organized so that you go through the steps of uncovering the mental processes first. It can be a slog at times, with so much learning when I just want to get to the "so how then do I live?" part...

That said, I think everyone with sufficient intell
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Otis Chandler
Kevin highly recommended on instagram
Olivier Goetgeluck
INTRODUCTION

"All I want to know is where I'm going to die so I'll never go there."
- Charlie Munger

There are roads that lead to unhappiness. An understanding of how and why we can "die" should help us to avoid them.

The best way to learn what, how and why things work is to learn from others.

"I believe in the discipline of mastering the best that other people have ever figured out. I don't believe in just sitting down and trying to dream it all up yourself. Nobody's that smart."
- Charlie Munger

The
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Peter
Dec 10, 2016 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, wisdom, work
As the title promises, the book is full of nuggets of (worldly) wisdom. Lots of it is applicable directly in the context of work, investing, and in life. Even people already familiar with Charlie Munger's ideas will have lots of new take-aways. To be clear though, the book goes far beyond only Darwin and Munger.

One of my personal highlights from the book was this paragraph (p.177-178):
You see that again and again - that people have some information they can count well and they have other informa
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Marcus
Dec 03, 2013 Marcus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-development
This felt like an information dump to me. There's a lot of value, but it's heavily condensed and anecdotal making it really difficult to come away with anything that couldn't be better learned by reading it straight from Munger or Buffett or any of the other sources that are so heavily quoted.
Pavel Annenkov
Jan 16, 2017 Pavel Annenkov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Детальный разбор наших заблуждений и ошибок в бизнесе и жизни. Автор использует принципы по которым ведёт бизнес Чарли Мунгер - партнер Баффетта. Одна из лучших книг, которые может прочитать предприниматель.
Alejandro Sanoja
Can wisdom really be achieved? Can we really be wise? Or is it that we just can be a little less ignorant, a little less imprudent or thoughtless? “Seeking Wisdom” guides you from the most simple thoughts and ideas to others very complicated, and just when the complexity level rises so much that you feel you are close to that desired wisdom, it slams you to the ground back to the very basics, to the fundamentals, to sentences and quotes with few words but with infinite information; which is wher ...more
Le Nhan
Feb 08, 2017 Le Nhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mình đọc bảng tiếng việt prc được tạm dịch bởi cherry phạm, vì bản tiếng anh quá mắc. Trước hết cảm ơn dịch giả đã có tâm dịch cho người việt, nhưng không thể phủ nhận chất lượng dịch "rất tệ" với đa số đoạn không thể hiểu nỗi.
Tuy nhiên, cuốn sách quá tuyệt vời với những ý "khai sáng đầu óc", khiến mình đọc phải bất ngờ. Nó đi từ sinh học, lịch sử sang tâm lý, toán học xác suất và kinh doanh, góp phần giải thích bản chất con người và chỉ ra cách sống tốt hơn.
Một cuốn sách rất hay cho ai "seekin
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Lucas Remmerswaal
Munger is one of the great thinkers of our time and will be remembered for many years to come. part one, deals with what influences our thinking. Part two, the psychology of misjudgements. Part three the physics and mathematics of misjudgements. Part four, guidelines to better thinking. Charlie Munger says "Be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent." - be consistently not stupid by reading the "13 Habits that made me Billions"
R.
Sep 28, 2011 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ill science if you're looking to improve your own rational understanding of human behavior, psychology and strategic thinking. The historical references to great thinkers and Munger's 24 Standard Causes of Human Misjudgment alone make this worth a read. What's most interesting to see is Munger's own account of how he formed these relationships in building a greater latticework of understanding.
Allen
Jun 16, 2009 Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book on how to use simple mental models to make good decisions.
Describes all the big ideas from Newton, Ben Franklin, to Munger. No equations or math required.
Tyson Strauser
Seeking Wisdom is a hard-to-find collection of observations that analyze how some of the world's best thinkers approach problem solving. Great read!
Matias Ketonen
Oct 02, 2013 Matias Ketonen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much wisdom and tools for thinking. Took pages and pages of notes. A book to return to.
Yang Ming Wen
Jul 25, 2011 Yang Ming Wen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You will double your wisdom by only reading half of the book!
Suzi
May 29, 2008 Suzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good book. It breaks the psyche down in a very rational way.
Sanford Chee
May 15, 2015 Sanford Chee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part 1 'What influences our thinking' traces modern man's cognitive limitations and biases through the lens of evolution.
Part 2 'The psychology of misjudgements' has been better covered by Charlie Munger and more comprehensively dealt with in Donelli's 'Art of Thinking Clearly'
http://www.rbcpa.com/mungerspeech_jun...

Part 3 'The Physics and Mathematics of Misjudgements' deals with more standard limitations of cognition
- Systems thinking: secondary and tertiary effects and unintended consequences
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Nidhal Ben Tahar
Mar 12, 2017 Nidhal Ben Tahar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I'm familiar with the principles and arguments underlying the book, the writer succeeded in breaking away from dry report-style summaries about cognitive biases and context influence on decision making. Nevertheless, I didn't enjoy the third as the first two.
Alex
Mar 19, 2017 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Missing punctuation and typos of simple words throughout the book made it hard to read.

The book is almost exclusively quotes, Peter Bevelin was less "author" and more "quote curator."

Do not recommend reading.
Phil Tolton
May 25, 2017 Phil Tolton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book.
Shahan Lilja
Mar 22, 2017 Shahan Lilja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome content. Packed with original ideas, though not from the author himself. Poor writing and organizations, but who cares.
Akhil Jain
Oct 13, 2016 Akhil Jain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My fav quotes (not a review):
page 2 |

"Stay away from garages on big highways. Such mechanics know they'll never see you again. Go to a neighborhood garage, where wordofmouth serves as advertising."


Page 3 |

"We do not improve the man we hang. We improve others by him."


Page 4 |

"When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."


Page 5 |

"If we want people to take a risk, we should make them feel behind (losing)."


Page 5 |

"Predicting rain doesn't count; building arks does."


Page 10 |

"Adding $20k to t
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Arnold
Dec 26, 2014 Arnold rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm in the process of reading this book now. Be warned, Peter Bevlin hasn't paid for a proper editor. I mean, I assume that the author knows the difference between "to and too," but page 82 would suggest otherwise. Make sure to follow Munger's advice as well, or you might have a "very louse career" (282). These sorts of errors are completely disreputable, and have heightened my skepticism about the entire book. Also, some of the writing has a hodge-podge feel to it, and in the Third Edition it f ...more
Edwin Ferran
Sep 08, 2013 Edwin Ferran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent framing of first how the mind works in terms of making decisions, then provides a thought-provoking list of "28 Reasons for Misjudgements and Mistakes" that I found very applicable to the work on organizations and systems. Some examples:

## 1. Bias from mere association - automatically connecting a stimulus with pain or pleasure; including liking or disliking something associated with something bad or good. Includes seeing situations as identical because they seem similar.

## 6. Bias fr
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Obed M. Parlapiano
This is a great book indeed.

What's it about? Well, wisdom. Seeking wisdom and learning from some of the great mind of the world.

There are many, many things in this book but what I gathered as the most important are the explanations of different biases and psychological patterns in humans.

We all live inside our own bubbles, surrounded by filters, biases and ideas that shape the way we see and experience the world. By having a clear understanding of this bubble that surrounds most of us, we have
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Raeez
Feb 27, 2015 Raeez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I were given a chance to write on the back cover of this book, I would write statements like these.

--- A must read if you want to think better.

--- Amazing, Outstanding, Marvelous .... xxxxxous, (loss of words).

--- A best start if you are a beginner to investing.

--- The beautiful part of this is that it's the collection of seemingly everything what brilliant people told

--- Just read it.


Review: I started this book with very less seriousness just as if I am going to read another nonfiction bo
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Trung Nguyen Dang
This book is like a collection of quotes and snippets of writings or speeches by famous people, mainly Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger.
The coverage of the book is too wide, and the depth is too shallow.
All the contents are good wisdom, but the book feels superficial to me due to the shallow depth.
For example, it would just make of some statement of what to do or how to live life or behave, without support documents, by relying on some quotes of some people. The most the book goes is by sayi
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Juan Jacobo Bernal
I majored with a Mechanical Engineering degree and, somehow, ended up working for 5 years as an associate film producer. I still remember how I stared in amazement at those seasoned producers and directors who consistently isolated the underlying issues behind complex arguments and apparent problems. Furthermore, they often displayed a superhero like power where they could x-ray an individual and –somehow- see her or his ulterior motives with crystal-clear clarity.

This book showed me that by re
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