Elementary Lessons

In the US heartland there is a popular book with a feel-good list of lessons that are often reprinted as posters: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

Everyone must have gone to a better kindergarten than I did, because there are many things I wish I’d learned much earlier in life:

  • how to properly brush my teeth
  • fundamental attribution error
  • hyperbolic discounting
  • how to efficiently tie my shoes
  • what “the economy” means
  • how to empty a bottle
  • science is about refining models (the map is not the territory)
  • to shake my hands dry
  • subsidiarity
  • basic systems thinking and the limits of reductionism
  • that being an introvert is acceptable
  • how color actually works