Future Failure

I was talking with my neuroscientist roommate Spencer about some ideas of brain chips, and I remembered this journal entry of mine: 2011-12-25 Future Failure Oh great mystery, external master of this simulation, speak your thoughts with my words. For now I ask a difficult and personal question, and I always want more objective input. … [Read more…]

Start Moving

The task of life is to understand yourself and the paths you want to travel. But the best way to find that is to start moving. Plan less, move more. “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” — Buddha

Emotion is Deep Thought

The only time you’re really alive is when you’re having an emotional experience. Emotions are made of the same stuff as thoughts but they touch on many levels of the human experience at once. Fear and hope are each built up over time though specific experiences. Carl Sagan said the only fears primates are born … [Read more…]

Drop the Haste

There is always time to learn something new. The sense of urgency to complete a work is in fact a limitation you place on yourself. The haste that you embed in your life can only hurt you. Rushing makes you stumble. Opportunities will come again, always. That is an important fact to understand, because then … [Read more…]

Mastering the Long-term

Mastering a skill of value in the long-term is hard. Here are two ways to help that: increase your love of curiosity, and improve your attention. Arguably the first is the seed of a happy life. When constantly curious you’ll always be looking for why things work and how to make them better. Learning is … [Read more…]

Long Fight

“Some experiences are blessings, others are lessons.” The more you trust life to all work out, the harder you are willing to fight for your long-term interests instead of settling.

Age of Experiments

To gain insight propose hypotheses and test them. You’ll gain actual data points to base behavior from. “This is an age of experiments.” — Benjamin Franklin Action is feedback, thought is explanatory. You can’t explain yourself into action, you have to lean into it.

Stop Hurrying

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein There will always be work to done. Stop hurrying.