Friday 6th December 2019

    A Few Principles for Thinking Clearly

    Czech-Canadian polymath Vaclav Smil was a little-known academic until he rose into public awareness thanks to Bill Gates. Gates has read all of Smil's books (there are over 30 of them) and goes as far as to say, "I learn more by reading Vaclav Smil than just about anyone."

    Many of Smil's books focus on environmental themes such as population growth, climate change, and energy transitions. These fields are rife with political bias and emotional reasoning, but Smil manages to say important, interesting things in a way that is neither deluded nor dogmatic.

    Here are a few things I'm learning from him on how to think clearly.

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