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React-Respond

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Book: Seeking Wisdom Human Mental Models
  • Reacting is quick and instinctual while responding is slow and deliberate

  • Humans and organisms are prone to react rather than respond due to the asymmetry of failure modes

    • If we react wrongly, the downside is low
    • Else, we might die or pay a heavy cost if we don’t react
  • Thus the ideal stance is to be paranoid about the failure modes while being deliberate and fearless about other things