Always look forward

Hey Dhruv,

I know daddy has been remiss in writing these notes regularly. Daddy took a new gig at a startup and things are hectic. Daddy’s loving it though, its a fun ride!

Daddy wants to talk today about a movie by Woody Allen called “Midnight in Paris”. The central character in this movie (played by Owen Wilson) is obsessed with 1920’s Paris. He’s a writer and thinks the best work came out of that era. As it happens in movies, very unscientifically, he is transported to 1920 and gets to meet all his heroes. He loves it. As luck would have it (it is the movies after all) he meets his muse in the 1920’s. She likes art and literature just like him but surprisingly is obsessed about the 1890’s. She believes that the best work came out of that time period. So, double transport, they both go to the 1890’s to meet their idols and guess what, the folks in the 1890’s believe the best work came out of the renaissance!
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Welcome, its going to be a fun ride as long you have the right behaviors

Hey Son.

Hope things are well. At this time all you are supposed to do is eat, crap and sleep, thats it, nothing more nothing less. Daddy and Mommy are really happy that you are here. These are your formative growing years so how about we start with some lessons on behavior.

Most humans have what we call cognitive biases, these were great things when we were evolving from animals, but cripple us today. A lot of research is now being done on this topic and marketers have made a fortune using these biases to make money of you. So its a good idea to understand what these are and how to counter. We will talk about two big ones today, Confirmation Bias and Loss aversion.

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Notes to my son

We are going to have a new addition to the family and hopefully a new reader to this blog. I really, really liked the google ad where the dad catalogs and writes emails to his daughter through the years via all the google applications. I wanted to do something similar for my son. Here is the first in a regular series of blog posts called “notes to my son”. Hopefully he reads them someday and gets something out of it. Hopefully y’all get some thing out of it too. Comment on the posts, so that he gets to see all sides of the argument :).

Hey Son,
Welcome. Dad here, hope all is well. I hope you are enjoying your stay inside the womb. We would really like it if you stay in there a little longer. Its good for you

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