A Whole Different Animal…

Sam Harris’s “Waking Up Course” may give you a fresh perspective on how you think. I’m only on Day 12… But one of the things I’ve noticed consistently is that after each session I feel like I have a healthier relationship with my mind and my own thoughts. Since the quality of your entire life is determined by the quality of your mind, it would seem that this course may be priceless in terms of its potential value if it improves my mind even a little. Even though I had…

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The Gears of Determinism

If free will is an illusion, does this mean we are powerless to change our lives? Or, can we still change our future for the better based on past events by making good choices…? My interpretation of the debate between Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett about free will is that yes, we can change ourselves by making good choices. As long as the world operates in a deterministic way, rather than a fatalistic way, then… “our thoughts and actions in the present influence how we think and act in the future.”…

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What is Boredom? A Failure to Pay Attention

The Waking Up App by Sam Harris is a new way to try meditation. Meditation offers a path to gaining a better understanding of what’s going on in your head… So that you may have a better relationship with the chaos of thoughts that is your mind. I hope to make myself “better” in some vague, way… Maybe my own private realization of the title of Dan Harris’s (no relation) book on meditation “10% Happier”. Trying Meditation I’ve meditated before… Sometimes consistently for several days in a row. After listening…

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Being Alone in the Year 2020

Augmented reality is coming fast… And Apple is poised to succeed in this space, if it respects its customers’ important need to be alone. Like having my patella struck with a reflex hammer, my knee jerk reaction to any wearable computing device is suspicion. Google Glass, the information feedbag, was the worst. Idiots walking around with it on… Just made me want to punch them. Even the idea of it… Like having Facebook or Twitter notifications pinging you from the dashboard of your car, it just seems like a fucking…

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Scarcity Isn’t Enough

Scarcity isn't enough

We don’t value three leaf clovers because they’re everywhere. But according to superstition, if you find a four leaf clover it will bring you good luck. Maybe you’re in luck because four leaf clovers are so scarce… Indeed, the chances of finding a four leaf clover are around 5000 to 1. However, five leaf clovers are more scarce… If you found a five leaf clover you should be even more proud because the chances of finding a five leaf clover are around 1 in 25,000! But even though the five…

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Success is Largely Mental

Success is largely a mental game… To accomplish what you know you can and should accomplish, you need to take care of your brain and body as a first priority. This means exercise, eat right, get sleep, don’t drink alcohol or do drugs. If you do drink, do it rarely and in moderation… If you can stop drinking (especially if you want to stop), do so. Everyone’s different. Some people can literally destroy their bodies and brains and still function at a high level. I am not one of those…

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Is Social Media Hurting Your Selling?

To be the best salesperson you can be… You need to be able to understand and empathize with other people. The way you gain empathy is by talking with others… Engaging with them in conversation. But social media does not allow this… It replaces conversation with memes, posts, likes, comments and other signs. By some accounts, social media has been shown to reduce empathy for others. Empathy can be reduced online, where some people engage in bullying or other mean behaviors against others online, but social media can also affect…

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Does Facebook Erode Empathy?

One of the arguments in Jaron Lanier’s book “10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now” is that the business models of social media companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, have a negative effect on our ability to empathize with other humans. Losing empathy makes it harder to understand others, which makes it more difficult to engage with each other and generally just get along in society. This argument was perhaps the most disturbing that I read in his book. It was mostly disturbing because it rang true.…

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