February 8, 2024: 11 Philosophical Razors to Simplify Your Life

Experience is the teacher of all things.”

― Julius Caesar

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This is Kei and Kazuki, founders of Glasp 👋 

We hand-picked 3 good articles for you to highlight this week. Hope they'll help you get new ideas and perspectives. (You can read this online!)

📚 3 Good Articles for You

11 Philosophical Razors to Simplify Your Life
by Chris Meyer (8 mins)

  • Philosophical razors streamline decision-making by dismissing implausible explanations, focusing on skepticism and clarity.
  • Examples include Sagan's Standard, advocating for evidence in extraordinary claims, and Hume's Guillotine, separating facts from ethical judgments.
  • Alder's Razor emphasizes empirical evidence for debate-worthy claims, while Feynman's Razor values simplicity in understanding complex ideas.

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Use the 90/10 Rule to Decide Where to Live
by Brett & Kate McKay (3 mins)

  • The "90/10 Rule" advises prioritizing factors that affect the majority of daily life when deciding where to live, rather than minor but appealing aspects with little overall impact on happiness.
  • Common pitfalls include overvaluing infrequent benefits (like a guest room or proximity to attractions) over daily realities (such as commute times and job stress), leading to decreased overall satisfaction.
  • Focusing on key daily aspects like job quality, commute, and local services can increase life satisfaction, enabling more enjoyment and better utilization of resources for leisure and personal fulfillment.

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Startups need dual theories on distribution and product/market fit. One is not enough
by Andrew Chen (5 mins)

  • Startups require insights into both product/market fit and distribution strategies, as technological differentiation is less impactful compared to the ability to effectively reach and engage target markets.
  • Successful examples like Dropbox and Uber demonstrate the importance of having inherent distribution mechanisms within the product, facilitating organic growth and user acquisition without heavy reliance on paid marketing.
  • The journey from niche, initial user channels to larger, volume-driven channels underscores the critical role of product/market fit, where superior products naturally attract users, reducing the need for extensive marketing efforts.

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📣 Community

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Hope you enjoyed reading this newsletter!
See you next week ;)

Kei and Kazuki


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