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David Elikwu

The secret to intelligence

Most people think intelligence is about knowing and saying fancy words (jargon). They accumulate abstractions and discuss them, thinking it's smart. Intelligence is mostly the opposite; it's a factor of your ability to construct and deconstruct abstractions. Acquisition speed is definitely a factor in intelligence, but...

David Elikwu

Chesterton's Fence: Explained

TL;DR / Summary G.K. Chesterton was an early 20th century English writer known for his clever paradoxes. He once wrote: “There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more...

David Elikwu

Put a Pin in it: How to Future-Proof Your Career

In the 1920s, every bowling alley hired young boys to reset the pins and return balls while people were playing. Bowling was becoming incredibly popular, but in order for people to keep playing, someone had to be down at the end of the lane risking their shins and fingers to...

David Elikwu

Why Writing Fiction is Hard

I don't have any moral judgement on whether it is better to read fiction or non-fiction. But here's what I know - fiction is harder to write. Why? It contains more layers of truth. When you read something worth recommending to others, it's either:...

David Elikwu

Art Isn’t the Output: Why Artists Shouldn’t Fear AI

It’s easy to understand why people are so excited by ChatGPT and AI-generated art when you remember that the average person hasn’t read a book since high school. To press a button and watch beautiful images and prose materialise from thin air must feel like magic. People are...

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