Reflection on Starcraft

After some discussion with my friend M and some more thinking,  I’ve decided that what I’ve learned in playing starcraft beats many eduction I’ve received.     Here are my reflections on the wisdom obtained by playing starcraft:     1. Getting Rich.   One of the most useful concepts in the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad is the way to financial freedom can be achieved by building a portfolio of passive income streams.   Being a starcraft player, I’ve known this […]

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Human Psychological Bias

Today I just finished reading Robert Cialdini’s famous book: Influence: Science and Practice.         The book explained human behavior has various “rule of thumb” which are the results of evolution.         Reciprocation – We want to give something back when we received a favor. This principle is behind many marketing and sales campaigns in which a small gift or favor is given to a potential customer to induce their business or loyalty.         Commitment and Consistency – […]

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Left Brain or Right Brain

Today I came across a very interesting illusion: If you see the above person turning clockwise, that means you are left-brain oriented and good at analytical endeavors (math, science, logic, etc) If you see the above person turning counter-clockwise, that means you are right-brain oriented and good at artistical endeavors (arts, music, poetry, etc)   Thinking about being analytical and artistic, it suddenly becomes clear to me why good programmers are so rare.   I think everyone will agree that computer programming […]

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Enlightened By Randomness

Weeks ago I read the book Fooled by Randomness. Besides the interesting stories on financial trading and risk management, the core message of the book is the fallibility of human knowledge. The fallacies that we often make are: 1. Overly associative. As my favorite quote in the book states, “Symbolism is the child of our inability and unwillingness to accept randomness.” We human like to assign meanings to anything, even when there are none. Religious people look at a Jesus-looking […]

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Language Processing By the Human Brain

Today I came across the above image. It is amazing how the human brain can process words even when the letters are misordered. What makes it more interesting is that I should not have a gene that corrects English words as my ancestors are Chinese. This ability to auto-correct English words must be caused by a more general error-tolerant communication mechanism in the brain. This reminds me of the complexity of the mathematics in signal processing, noise filtering, and error […]

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