Kevin Simler


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Kevin Simler is a writer and software engineer currently living in Brooklyn, NY. He's worked for ten years as a programmer, product designer, and engineering director, and continues to advise startups about technology, leadership, and recruiting.

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“But for most trees, height is all about getting more sun. A forest is an intensely competitive place, and sunlight is a scarce but critical resource. And even when you’re a redwood, the tallest of all tree species, you still have to worry about getting enough sun because you’re in a forest of other redwoods. Often a species’ most important competitor is itself. Thus the redwood is locked in an evolutionary arms race—or in this case, a “height race”—with itself. It grows tall because other redwoods are tall, and if it doesn’t throw most of its effort into growing upward as fast as possible, it will literally wither and die in the shadows of its rivals.”
Kevin Simler, The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

“do well to turn Matthew 7:1 on its head: “Judge freely, and accept that you too will be judged.”
Kevin Simler, The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

“The takeaway from all these observations is that our species seems, somehow, to derive more benefit from speaking than from listening.”
Kevin Simler, The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

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