The Cook Up 009: Secrets About People

Feb 11, 2021 3:20 am


Secrets About People

Welcome to the Cook Up, a weekly newsletter full of interesting reads for curious, intelligent people who want to sharpen their minds

What's up Everyone,

Will here, with the 9th edition of The Cook Up!

Since last week, I've published 7 new short-form essays on Medium. Two of them seem to be doing well, based on my Medium stats — The Price You Pay Watching YouTube and Netflix and Is $GME the Greatest Pump and Dump in American History? 

Check'em out and tell me what you think. 


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I’m really eager to be sharing ideas on sonder, secrets about people, a guide to self-control, and zero-sum bias this week.

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Interesting Reads

🎥. Sonder: The Realization That Everyone Has A Story

Sonder - n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries, and inherited craziness.”


Secrets about People: A Short and Dangerous Introduction to René Girard

“The more we understand about the world around us, the less it seems we understand about people and the way they are. This post is an introduction to one man, named René Girard, who bucked this trend: his perception of the nature of behaviour is like a laser that goes right to the core of the human condition.”

The Complete Guide to Self-Control

“What is self-control? It’s your ability to resolve conflicts between your short-term desires and your long-term goals.

Shall I order a hamburger or a salad? Shall I revise for an exam or go to a party? Shall I watch my favorite TV show or go for a run?

All these decisions share one thing in common: You can choose between an option that yields a smaller immediate reward (pleasant taste of food, fun from watching TV or pleasure from socializing with friends) and an option that yields a larger but delayed reward (staying healthy, maintaining good weight, or reaching a higher income). The immediately gratifying option is called a ‘temptation’.”

The Zero-Sum Bias: When People Think that Everything is a Competition

“The zero-sum bias is a cognitive bias that causes people to mistakenly view certain situations as being zero-sum, meaning that they incorrectly believe that one party’s gains are directly balanced by other parties’ losses.”


How To Build Carrd Sites

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Tools and Resources


Create a link to your Clubhouse events to share on social media.

MagicPattern Toolbox

Create Pro Visuals with MagicPattern. Generate SVG/CSS patterns, gradients, and organic shapes to brand your product and social media posts.


Navigate Chrome tabs like a pro

Fun Stuff

🎥. How Mark Cuban Became a Billionaire by 41


Quote of the Week

A diamond is just a lump of coal that stuck to its job.

— Leonardo da Vinci


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