Don't Overcomplicate Things

We desperately seem to want things to be complicated. How do I lose weight? Is it by eating at the right time or the right macronutrient combination, exercising right before a meal, and doing some pushups while drinking at least two liters of water each day and supplementing with some pills and detox smoothies? Or is it by eating fewer calories than I use each day? The path to the most common goals such as health, wealth, and loving relationships is fairly clear and reflected in the consistency of fundamental advice in each of those areas....

September 12, 2021 · 3 min

Locus of Control

“It is man’s duty to live in conformity with the divine will, and this means, firstly, bringing his life into line with ‘nature’s laws’, and secondly, resigning himself completely and uncomplainingly to whatever fate may send him.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca A core principle in the stoic philosophy is to focus on what you can control and accept the rest. There are two benefits to doing this Focusing on what you can control puts your limited resources to the best use because they actually have an impact....

September 5, 2021 · 3 min

See Things for What They Are

There is nothing more important than understanding how reality works and how to deal with it. Ray Dalio, Principles Whatever you want to do in life it’s bounded by reality. You can challenge what’s thought to be impossible and reach for the stars, but ultimately, dreams and ideals are only as good as they are rooted in solid ground. Unfortunately, seeing things for what they are is not as simple as it sounds....

August 28, 2021 · 4 min

Rationality and Emotions

What does it mean to be rational? Many might think of computers – pure logic. But I don’t think it’s about keeping your thinking emotion-free or being unempathetic. Instead, I subscribe more to how Eliezer Yudkovski describes rationality. In fact, he describes two types, epistemological and instrumental. Epistemological rationality is all about truth. How accurate are your beliefs about the world? Instrumental rationality is more goal-oriented and describes how to systematically achieve results....

August 22, 2021 · 4 min

Masters, Connectors, and Teachers

Knowledge is the cornerstone of civilization. It’s what allows us to solve the constant stream of problems we face as individuals and in society. However, not everyone can be an expert at everything. Especially, with increasing depth of knowledge, specialization requires more time than before. One human lifetime is not enough to acquire even a significant part of the knowledge society collectively built. Luckily, we don’t have to. Solving the world’s problems is a team effort after all....

June 9, 2021 · 3 min