What’s in it for me? Hacks to help you think smarter.
What is worldly wisdom? Let’s take each word in turn. Worldliness means being concerned with ordinary life. Wisdom, on the other hand, implies knowledge of the big picture when it comes to life as a whole. But there’s more to it than that. Simply knowing lots of isolated facts isn’t particularly useful. As the American investor Charlie Munger once put it, “If the facts don’t hang together on a latticework of theory, you don’t have them in useable form.” And that’s our definition: worldly wisdom is about plugging our knowledge about life into theoretical models that illuminate everyday problems. So where do you find those models? Well, that’s exactly the question Gabriel Weinberg and Lauren McCann set out to answer. Drawing on economics, physics, philosophy and a host of other disciplines, these readims present a set of mental models that will help you understand the world, make better decisions and take your thinking to the next level. Along the way, you’ll learn what a fourteenth-century philosopher can teach you about dating; why avoiding errors is more important than being right; and what an Israeli daycare center can teach us about reciprocity.