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Unifying The Future: Information And Explanations

What good is information without an elucidating explanation? Why hasn't our immense information wealth translated into solutions to the Great Problems? If...

Lamenting Modern Education With Lockhart

...we’re taught at school to follow steps, that This Way is The Way to learn, protocols based on strict obedience, and all that, we develop a fear of doing anything outside of what is known, or which generates slight discomfort, or which is against the norm. We develop a fear of exactly the kind of thinking that creativity requires. And without creativity, we can’t learn anything; progress is made by creative engagement with problems: we have a problem...
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Pragmatic Mindfulness

Does mindfulness help you get things done? Is it not just another flavour of 'balanced living'? Was Einstein a mindful man? It could be an...
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The Case For Writing

There was a time where you could finish a newspaper or book and be out of options until the next day. The time in-between could be used for a billion different things, but consciously or not, it would also allow for the information consumed to marinate in the brain. Most of use are familiar with shower-conceived epiphanies...

Beings At The Whim Of Our Circumstances, Or Exclusively Thought-Evolved? How About Neither

Feathers in the ferocious hurricane Nature or creators of our own destiny? Are humans no more than typical scum on a...
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Votes For Most Interesting People

Who's lived the most interesting life? Following on from Tyler Cowen's recent post I thought I'd share a few names of my own. These are...
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What’s One Thing You Believe That Others Don’t?

And what makes you believe we should we believe you? Because of its apparent prevalence, my answer will seem strange. Surely the truth is important,...
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Emotion Matters

Disparaging emotion in yourself or in others is a perilous game From an empirical standpoint, emotion—more specifically, emotional investment—is crucial for the development of a...

Incompetent, Undisciplined, And Seeking Attention? Call The Equality Police

Ignoramus intelligentsia and the consequences of enforced equality My brother, one of the most athletic students in his year group, hasn't been selected to represent...

If Curiosity Were A Hammer, Questions Would Be The Chisel: Stonemasonry And Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the product of two interdependent elements. First is the ability to criticise ideas, opinions, actions, trends, and so on. Underdeveloped critical...

Beware The Head-Turning Smooth Talker

The secret weapon of the charlatan is the one they display the most: head-turning, hypnotising, inspiring, attention-grabbing, confidence covers up conniving motive. Hence, we...

The Beginning of Infinity: David Deutsch on the Potential of Human Knowledge, Planetary Colonisation,...

I try to read only books that either stretch or confuse me, or that fiercely challenge both my intellectual capacity and sentiments. What this...

Nassim Taleb On What It Means To Be A Philosopher, The Importance Of Antimodels,...

Nassim Nicholas Taleb tells you not to read anything from the past hundred years. The degree to which one should follow this advice, however,...

The Practical Wisdom Of Jordan Peterson: 11 Ways To Get Your Shit Together (and...

Sort yourself out, says Peterson. But how does one do that, exactly? What does sorting yourself out look like in practice? What can you...

8 More Mungerisms: Optimism, Ideologies, Discipline, Incentives and Intellectual Honesty

This is the second and final part of our mini-series about Charlie Munger and his worldly wisdom. If you haven't read part one be...

You Are Either Improving Or Declining: On The Illusion Of Stasis

The Idea of a State of Stasis Is Silly. The Nature of Life is Chaos. Everything is Falling Apart. Stasis, equilibrium, balance, symmetry, equality, equipoise...

If You’re Trying To Achieve The Blissful State, Stop: Nirvana Is The Death Of...

The blissful, tranquil, enlightened, higher-conscious, nirvana-like state is incompatible with your goals, with the pursuit of virtue, with reason, with science, with society, with...

Should You Try To ‘Outdo’ Yourself? Is There A Place For Comparison To Your...

There are positive and negative effects from trying to ‘outdo yourself’. On the one hand, it is a good thing to be trying to...