Major problem: other people’s habits affect me. They cling to me.
Major benefit: other people’s habits affect me. They boost me up.
Read more "Why don’t I do things I enjoy?"
“Look how tough (weak!) I am. I get an ego boost for how much pain I can suffer.”
Read more "The insidious loop"
In ethical philosophy, the study of what people should do, there’s this notion of first- and second-order desires. A first-order desire happens when a person wants something, whether explicitly (out loud) or implicitly (by their action): a person wants the pleasure and nutrition from eating a blueberry muffin. A person wants a paycheck. Needs that new first […]
Read more "What do you want to want? A short primer on the power of philosophical self-development."
Transhumanism: How I got there. I always knew I was going to have to go to extreme measures to be a normal person in the world. I was raised without that core of love in me, the thing that draws one to people instead of repelling one from them. I had abandonment issues, ego issues, […]
Read more "Transhuman(-ism?), Stanford, and me."
I’m here to talk about one question: Why is the governmental Recommended Daily Allowance for protein so freaking low if you want to build muscle? And why are the following answers so different? http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/maki1.htm https://www.verywell.com/protein-how-much-do-you-need-2242226 http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/protein https://www.bing.com/search?q=How+Much+Protein+to+Build+Muscle&FORM=QSRE1 Background: I fix the diet, then I go to the gym. Every time. […]
Read more "The protein mist(e)ak(e)."
To desire also is to miss the fact that the future self will have to pay in certain ways for what the decision-making self chooses today, even if the decision-making self is a greedy little bastard who generally wants to eat pizza.
Read more "Be mindful this year, you cretins."
If more people sat and paid attention to their own thoughts for an hour a day, say while walking, the world would be a more enlightened place.
That’s one of the few beliefs I’ll trot out there and get behind.
In that vein, I wanted to share a video I found on http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/
You might want to share it, too, that is, if you have friends you secretly nickname “short attention span theatre” or “nethead,” or somesuch. You know, the kind that can’t stop looking at their phone or laptop while pseudo-interacting with other humans.
Read more "Three minute Zen."