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We're on the quest to uncover the world's greatest thoughts. By collecting ideas from a wide range of disciplines, we're piecing together the framework each person should develop to live a curious and exciting life. We don't stop there. Without doing, thoughts are worthless. We share with you exciting new hobbies and adventures to inspire you to challenge yourself to tackle new things. Over time these thoughts and activities stack on top of each other, creating a stronger you and a better community. Join us in becoming a Thought Stacker.

Thought Stack: Design Principles, Mental Models, & Cognitive Biases Jon Stenstrom | Stacking Thoughts by Reading and Doing

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We're on the quest to uncover the world's greatest thoughts. By collecting ideas from a wide range of disciplines, we're piecing together the framework each person should develop to live a curious and exciting life. We don't stop there. Without doing, thoughts are worthless. We share with you exciting new hobbies and adventures to inspire you to challenge yourself to tackle new things. Over time these thoughts and activities stack on top of each other, creating a stronger you and a better community. Join us in becoming a Thought Stacker.

    TS 34: An Underutilized Super Power

    TS 34: An Underutilized Super Power

    Design Principle: Consistency.
    The usability of a system is improved when similar parts are expressed in similar ways.
    Thinking is energy. Good design reduces the amount of energy a person has to input to use the entity.
    That’s why consistency is so powerful. Little actions over time tend to amount to huge outcomes.
    For more resources on Consistency, visit http://thoughtstack.co/consistency
    If you'd rather listen to the audio, check out the podcast: → http://www.thoughtstack.co
    Reach me on Social Media: → Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstenstrom
    Have a Project You Need Help With? I Recommend Toptal: → https://www.toptal.com/#get-only-elit...
    Credits:
    → Book: Universal Principles of Design
    Stay Thought-Full,
    Jon

    • 18 min
    TS 33: Why You CAN Compare Apples and Oranges

    TS 33: Why You CAN Compare Apples and Oranges

    The next time someone says "you can't compare apples and oranges"...tell them you CAN.
    Design Principle: Comparison.
    A comparison is a method for understanding information in a controlled manner within a system.
    It's important to understand the variables you are comparing, how you are measuring the data, and how you're conveying the information to others.
    For more resources on Comparison, visit http://thoughtstack.co/comparison
    If you'd rather listen to the audio, check out the podcast:
    → http://www.thoughtstack.co
    Reach me on Social Media:
    → Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstenstrom
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    Credits:
    → Book: Universal Principles of Design
    → Music: Apples and Oranges - Pink Floyd, Dreams - Joakim Karud
    → Links and Videos:
    1. More information about NASA scientist Scott Sandford: https://www.improbable.com/airchives/paperair/volume1/v1i3/air-1-3-apples.html
    2. Funny bad visualizations of data: http://viz.wtf/
    3. Mass spec: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-wao0O0_qM
    Stay Thought-Full,
    Jon

    • 5 min
    TS 32: 5 Ways to Increase Empathy for Better Accessible Design

    TS 32: 5 Ways to Increase Empathy for Better Accessible Design

    5 Ways to Increase Empathy:
    Travel more Listen more Volunteer doing something you enjoy Stay curious (learn something new) Realize everyone is unique. Find those differences. For more resources on Accessibility, visit http://thoughtstack.co/accessiblity
    If you'd rather listen to the audio, check out the podcast:
    → http://www.thoughtstack.co
    Reach me on Social Media:
    → Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstenstrom
     
    Stay Thought-Full,
    Jon
     
    Credits:
    → Book: Universal Principles of Design
    → Music: Dreams - Joakim Karud

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    TS 31: Thought Stack Is Now on YouTube

    TS 31: Thought Stack Is Now on YouTube

    Watch the Podcast on YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyo71bciLTsdRZsGNZhtkQQ  Thought Stack's Mission
    While studying to be an engineer, we never seemed to learn about how humans think or interact with each other.
    After I realized my limited perspective, I started diving into the cognitive sciences, focusing on cognitive biases and mental models.
    It's a lifelong pursuit I want to share with you so we can learn them together and build upon each other's perspectives.
    Join me in exploring cognitive biases, mental models, and design principles.
    Together we can design an ethical and more robust world.
    Stay Thought-Full,
    Jon

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    TS 30: The 80/20 to Not Killing Yourself Too Early

    TS 30: The 80/20 to Not Killing Yourself Too Early

    Podcast video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQRMLrHT8eU
    TL;DL: The 80/20 Principle means focusing on the small number of things that have the greatest impact on your life. Join me on a typical day in LA where I grab some coffee, hit the gym, play some volleyball and mess around with Crixus.
    80/20 a Better Life:
    1. Lift weights 3X/wk so you don't break a hip when old.
    2. Sprint often
    3. Sleep greater than 7.5 hours/night to have more productive awake time.
    4. Meditate - Our ancestors were present.
    Driving:
    1. Look L at intersections so you don't get T-boned.
    2. Imagine 1 person trying to kill you on the freeway to stay aware.
    Products:
    1. GUIs - Menus are set up in categories to make it easier for you to find what you're looking for, rather than display everything at once making things confusing.
    Design Principle 001: 80/20 Principle (Pareto Principle)
    Today's video kicks off my new design principles project. The goal is to share a principle with you each week to help us see the world from a new perspective.
    I want this to be more of a discussion. If you've seen this principle in your life, please share it in the comments. The more we're aware of these principles the better we'll able to navigate this complex system we call life.
    Patrick and Peter's podcast episode I referenced:
    → http://investorfieldguide.com/attialive/
    If you'd rather listen to the audio, check out the podcast:
    → http://www.thoughtstack.co
    Reach me on Social Media:
    → Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstenstrom
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    Credits:
    → Book: Universal Principles of Design
    → Music: Rock Angel - Joakim Karud

    • 8 min
    TS 28: Lessons in Creativity From an Underappreciated Genius

    TS 28: Lessons in Creativity From an Underappreciated Genius

    This podcast is about a genius reflecting on what it means to be a genius...that's pretty FREAKIN' cool!
    Hey Thought Stackers, you're in for a treat. Today we have Jimmy Soni, author of A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age, joining us on the cast.
    Today You'll Learn Five Things: 
    Claude Shannon's unique approach to networking - More like Anti-Networking. Why you should start visualizing the end state of problems you're trying to solve BEFORE diving into the details. Claude's six step process to creative thinking. Our biggest take away: Avoiding over specialization. Why the connection between our hands and our minds is not valued enough in today's culture - we get into how Claude, who was a mathematical genius was also a tinkerer who enjoyed building and juggling. Be sure to follow Jimmy on Twitter: @jimmyasoni and pick up his book on Amazon.
    Stay Thought-Full.

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