Western Capitalist Hedonism and Addiction

America is the Mecca of the religion I call Western Capitalist Hedonism. In this religion, consumption and enjoyment are the ultimate good. From the moment we are born we are taught that the “good life” comes from maximizing the amount of pleasure and enjoyment that we can attain. This is in opposition to eastern spiritualty or really any form of spirituality where generally, deriving joy … Continue reading Western Capitalist Hedonism and Addiction

Human Need for Play

I recently read that humans have an innate need for playfulness. Working all the time is unsustainable because without time spent playing, or engaging in enjoyable behavior with no ulterior motive, humans cannot function effectively. As someone who spends an inordinate amount of time working, I can attest to the eventual demise of one’s will to work. Eventually, you need time to not be exerting … Continue reading Human Need for Play

Catharsis

People often ask me how I rate movies. To be honest, it’s one of the less formulaic and more arbitrary things that I do. But I think a big determinant of my experience with a film is the strength of its cathartic effect. The concept of catharsis derives from Aristotle’s Poetics and it refers to emotional purification or purgation that takes place as a result … Continue reading Catharsis

“Know Thyself”

Knowing thyself is an extremely important and difficult task. Self-knowledge is necessary for properly navigating reality and understanding one’s place in it. Problems often emerge when one’s self-perception is inconsistent with reality. For example, if one pursues a certain path with inadequate self-knowledge, they may come to realize that was the wrong path for them to take. Their strengths and priorities may lie elsewhere. Understanding … Continue reading “Know Thyself”

Meditation

            I am proud that I am finally meditating on a consistent basis. It’s been hard for me to do this but thanks to my habit journal, I am finally holding myself accountable for meditation and other good habits. I am finally at the point where I can slow down my heart rate through extremely deep breathing. I basically force myself to snore while I’m … Continue reading Meditation

Give and Take of Relationships

            I have spent some time thinking about what makes relationships successful and what makes them fail. The principle of “give and take” is applicable to both romantic and platonic relationships. This may sound sociopathic to some who believe in loyalty to friends under all circumstances, but I hypothesize that healthy relationships require a relatively equal amount of give and take. One should receive about … Continue reading Give and Take of Relationships

Habit Journal

I have realized that one of the biggest differences between effective and ineffective people has to do with habits. Having a lot of good habits and very few bad habits can put someone in a default state of effectiveness. Forming good habits is very challenging but can allow for aspirational behaviors to occur almost automatically and without the need for abundant will power. Because there … Continue reading Habit Journal

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Challenging the numerous cognitive distortions that the human brain frequently falls victim to Using logic to discard false beliefs and destructive emotions Cognitive Distortions include: All or nothing thinking-eg you’re either a success or a failure Overgeneralizing-making hasty generalizations from insufficient evidence Filtering-focusing exclusively on the negative and ignoring the positive Disqualifying the positive-eg rationalizing away a compliment Jumping to conclusions-reaching negative conclusions with little … Continue reading Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Neuralink Pig Presentation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLUWDLKAF1M I’ve been super into this idea for a while I think it’s going to be awesome in terms of advancing our understanding of the brain I’m unsure if I will be one of the first people to get a Neuralink implant but assuming it works well and doesn’t cause any major complications, I’m in Continue reading Neuralink Pig Presentation