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People who shaped change

People influencing Critical and Rational Thought

Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
- Steve Jobs, former Founder & CEO

Throughout history, visionary people have been catalysts for change, reshaping our collective understanding. Yet, alongside these pioneers, powerful interests have often sought to divert attention and obscure truths. It’s becoming increasingly evident that our thinking is susceptible to psychological biases, and the subjective judgments of purported experts can significantly influence our societal norms and perceptions of tradition. To counter this, individuals should actively challenge assumptions and welcome opportunities for self-improvement of their understanding and judgements.

Reflecting on the transition from prolonged periods of darkness, it’s natural to feel a sense of melancholy rather than astonishment when confronted with the initial glimmer of light. Just as our eyes, accustomed to darkness, struggle to adjust to sudden brightness, embracing change poses initial challenges. However, through gradual acclimatization, we learn to navigate these unfamiliar territories, gradually transforming the unknown into the familiar.

Economists

Experts in economics analyse market forces, policy implications, and societal impacts, providing invaluable perspectives on financial systems.

Executives

Strategies, insights, and challenges from executives shaping industries, driving innovation, and navigating the complexities of business.

Historians

Historians uncover the past, revealing pivotal events, societal transformations, and cultural shifts that shape our present and future.

Investors

Seasoned investors offer strategies for navigating financial markets, identifying opportunities, and achieving investment success.

Philosophers

Philosophers ponder existence, morality, truth, and reality, offering profound insights into the human condition and the universe's fundamental nature.

Scientists

Insights from scientists promoting scientific thinking, skepticism, and the role of science in modern society.

Psychologists

Insights from psychologists shed light on investor behavior, decision-making, and market interactions, revealing the intricacies of financial psychology

Understanding how people learn

Education isn’t just static; it’s an ongoing journey driven by personal initiative and determination. People’s level of current mental pursuits and learning efforts we pursue reflect their true level of education, far more than past academic records.

An educated person that engages in good judgement actively engages in continuous, purposeful learning. Here are some key traits:

  • Open-mindedness: Embracing diverse perspectives fosters growth and understanding.
  • Carefulness: A deliberate and thoughtful approach ensures thorough comprehension.
  • Curiosity: A hunger for knowledge drives exploration and discovery.
  • Continuous Learning: It’s not a sporadic activity but a lifelong commitment.
  • Self-Discipline: Learning isn’t coerced; it’s driven from within.
  • Vigorous Commitment: Education involves diving into learning with enthusiasm and zeal.

Because true education encompasses broad understanding, not only narrow expertise, we’ve highlighted people with inputs that are not merely of our own mindset, but offer alternatives that inspire self-critical thought. Real understanding comes from deep reflection and diligent study, not surface-level engagement.

Education should strike a balance between general knowledge and specialised expertise. The fear of appearing ignorant shouldn’t hinder our quest for knowledge; instead, it should propel us forward. The essence of education is the need to become truly educated, motivated not solely by career aspirations but by a deeper sense of purpose and responsibility towards learning. We hope you’ll find some inspiration from those people we’ve listed in each of these sections.

We celebrate those who actively embrace change and champion the evolution away from traditional, conservative approaches that foster inequalities. We believe in the capacity of humans to overcome biases ingrained by societal norms, which were often established to constrain thought and action. These forward-thinkers challenge the status quo, recognising that progress often requires breaking free from the confines of tradition and embracing new ideas and perspectives.

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