Naval Ravikant

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Indian-American entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of AngelList.

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The only two ways to coordinate human societies at scale are free markets and physical power. Any ideology rejecting free markets is just advocating for power. Socialism, communism, and fascism all converge to the same endpoint - rule by the biggest thug.


The difference between sounding smart and being smart is “I don’t know.”


The overeducated are worse off than the undereducated, having traded common sense for the illusion of knowledge.


Science requires skepticism. Religion requires belief.


Status games are multiplayer, zero-sum, hierarchical, judged socially. Get grades, applause, titles now - emptiness later. Natural games are single player, positive-sum, internal, judged by nature/markets. Pay in pain now - get wealth, health, knowledge, peace, family later.


Knowledge is discovered collectively, wisdom is rediscovered individually.


Knowledge is a skyscraper. You can take a shortcut with a fragile foundation of memorization, or build slowly upon a steel frame of understanding.


The strongest intellectual foundation is built upon science, math, and philosophy, as they are the search for universal truths.


The Art of Twitter is to communicate compressed knowledge with clarity and precision.


For knowledge work, time spent has little to do with value created and the forty hour workweek is anachronistic nonsense.


Knowledge is discovered by all of us, each adding to the whole. Wisdom is rediscovered by each of us, one at a time.


Academia and journalism used to be sources of scarce information. Post-Internet, they're mainly used to signal tribal affiliation & status.


Everyone starts out innocent. Everyone is corrupted. Wisdom is the discarding of vices and the return to virtue, by way of knowledge.


The Internet will obsolete the industrial education system, just like it's obsoleting every other physical purveyor of information goods.


Diversification is a hedge against a lack of knowledge.


Once an information monopoly demonstrates that it can control what people say and read, it's only a matter of time until it's nationalized.


Technology is the application of knowledge to control the natural world. It's the greatest driver of both human prosperity and our capacity for self-annihilation.


Knowledge is either from direct experience or from verifiable, falsifiable science. There is knowledge that is transmitted but not verifiable / falsifiable, and this knowledge is indistinguishable from that which is false.


Blogs are like tweetstorms, but more long-winded, harder to share, and without per-sentence commentary.


I don't actually read a lot of books. I pick up a lot of books and only get through a few, which form the foundation of my knowledge.


Learn to love to read, and all human knowledge is available to you right now. No need for a priest to interpret a textbook for you.


Reading a book isn't a race - the better the book, the slower it should be absorbed.


First, you know it. Then, you understand it. Then, you can explain it. Then, you can feel it. Finally, you are it.


The problem with any lecture is that if you're in the audience, and above the average targeted, you won't get enough out of it.

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