Nov 16, 2020 • 1HR 39M

11: Scott Young - Ultralearning

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I had a blast chatting with Scott Young about aggressive self-directed learning. Scott is the author of Ultralearning and famous for the MIT Challenge, where he taught himself MIT's 4 year Computer Science curriculum in 1 year. Scott has some of the best advice out there about learning hard things. It has helped yours truly prepare to interview experts and dig into interesting subjects.  

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00:00 Intro 

01:00 Einstein 

13:20 Age 

18:00 Transfer 

24:40 Compounding 

34:00 Depth vs context 

40:50 MIT challenge 

1:00:50 Focus

1:10:00 Role models 

1:20:30 Progress studies 

1:24:25 Early work and ambition 

1:28:18 Advice for 20 yr old 

1:35:00 Raising a genius baby?