Last updated 2021 April 14.
We’ve figured out how to get exactly what we think we want, and none of what we need.
Relax like you’re about to be executed.
If you walk into a dead end in a maze, you don’t conclude, “Fuck! I’ve failed!”
There is a sweeter kind of freedom.
The Antifragile Stoic: Strive to gain from chaos and ridicule. Strive to be more than merely indifferent.
Stoicism: A summary of a philosophy which has done me considerable good.
Consume less and create more.
Solitude deprivation: Are you depriving yourself of solitude?
To have more options is not necessarily better!
Deliberately inject randomness into your decisions.
Deviate from what’s typical to win a winner-takes-all game.
Be an imperfectionist. Squeeze individual lemons inefficiently to be efficient overall.
When listening to advice from others, expect to achieve only as much as they have.
Fulfillment ≠ Pleasure.
We may have to force ourselves to do not-yet-habitual activities, even if we enjoy them greatly.
Start as simply as possible and assume that motivation is fickle.
You are flawed, but you don’t have to be flawed about being flawed.
Ideation occurs in the recesses of the mind. How can creativity be optimized?
Idea Sex: How to increase idea quality.
Much of expertise is pattern recognition. How do we teach that?
Focus on learning what’s possible, not specific procedures.
One can’t learn from experience at face value.
Parroting: the only way to understand someone else with certainty.
How do you find people you’ll like? Be polarizing.
How to quickly determine whether someone is open-minded.
Unscientific: Ask questions even when a seemingly preposterous idea is posed.
Food: The purpose of food is to nourish!
Isn’t fixing the root cause usually the best solution? And how I cured the root of a chronic health problem.
What I tell friends about improving sleep. (Informal list)
About this website: motivations and notes.
Essays about me.
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